Diagnosis of rectal gonorrhoea by blind anorectal swabs compared with direct vision swabs taken via a proctoscope

Br J Vener Dis. 1977 Oct;53(5):311-3. doi: 10.1136/sti.53.5.311.


Eight hundred and twenty-three examinations were carried out on 662 homosexual patients. At each examination a blind anorectal swab and a rectal swab taken via a proctoscope were inoculated on to a culture plate. From a total of 100 gonococcal infections of the rectum 96 gave positive results from blind anorectal swabs and 99 from swabs taken via a proctoscope. Blind anorectal swabs proved to be a reliable method in the diagnosis of rectal gonorrhoea.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Gonorrhea / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methods
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae / isolation & purification
  • Proctoscopy
  • Rectal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Rectum / microbiology
  • Specimen Handling / methods