Gonococcal arthritis

Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 1998 May;24(2):305-22. doi: 10.1016/s0889-857x(05)70011-9.


Disseminated gonococcal infection is the most common systemic complication of acute gonorrhea and occurs in 0.5% to 3.0% of patients with untreated mucosal infection. It is also the most common cause of septic arthritis in patients less than 30 years of age. Fortunately, the incidence of gonorrhea is decreasing dramatically in the United States and Western Europe, although it is still high in developing countries. Increasing resistance to antibiotics requires continuous surveillance of antimicrobial susceptibilities to determine the efficacy of current therapeutic measures.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Arthritis, Infectious / diagnosis
  • Arthritis, Infectious / microbiology*
  • Gonorrhea / complications*
  • Gonorrhea / diagnosis
  • Gonorrhea / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae / pathogenicity*
  • Penicillins / administration & dosage
  • Tetracyclines / administration & dosage
  • Virulence


  • Penicillins
  • Tetracyclines