Disseminated gonococcal infections (DGI).

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Neisseria gonorrhoeae infects superficial membranes of the eyes, oropharynx, genital tract, and rectum prior to dissemination. Gonococcal isolates cultured from patients with disseminated gonococcal infections (DGI) show resistance to serum bacteriolysis, are very sensitive to penicillin, and have characteristic growth requirements for certain amino acids. DGI is characterized by recurrent chills and fever, polyarthralgias and/or polyarthritis (with effusions), and skin lesions. The skin manifestations of DGI include vesicopustules, hemorrhagic bullae, and petechiae. These lesions are found over the juxta-articular areas of the hands (extensor surfaces) or the feet (dorsal aspects). Focal and disseminated gonococcal infections are now treated with several types of penicillin regimens, tetracycline, or spectinomycin.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Silva, J; Wilson, K

Published Date

  • December 1979

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 601 - 606

PubMed ID

  • 117979

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0011-4162


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States