Prepubertal infections with Neisseria gonorrhoeae: clinical and epidemiologic significance

Sex Transm Dis. Jan-Mar 1978;5(1):1-3. doi: 10.1097/00007435-197801000-00001.


The family constellations and epidemiologic circumstances of three prepubertal girls with vulvovaginitis due to Neisseria gonorrhoeae are reported. In each instance, an infected asymptomatic man, himself a contact to a woman with pelvic inflammatory disease, could be implicated as the potential source of infection. In one instance, asymptomatic infection in a child was uncovered through epidemiologic investigation. Prepubertal gonococcal vaginitis is important not only as a potential indicator of child abuse, but also as a possible link to important transmitters of gonococcal infection. The need for meticulous epidemiologic investigation of these cases is stressed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Gonorrhea / diagnosis
  • Gonorrhea / genetics
  • Gonorrhea / transmission*
  • Humans
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease / transmission
  • Vulvovaginitis / transmission