Original Article

Clinical Gonorrhea in the Female: Laboratory Findings

Authors: WILLIAM L. FLEMING, MD, ALFRED R. BRATHWAITE, MB, ChB, DPH, LOUIS S. GRANT, MD, MPH, CLEMENT R. PERSAUD, MS, JUNE COLLIER, BS

Abstract

This paper is very timely in its relationship to the current epidemic of gonorrhea in this country and as reported by the Western Nations. It emphasizes the difficulty in establishing the diagnosis of gonorrhea in women and girls without using cultures from the cervix and rectum. The new media soon available to the practicing profession will be a boon in this regard. Mixed infections or infestations have been proven in instances of vaginitis. The smear is of little value alone. This study does not touch upon the high percentage of women infected with gonorrhea who are asymptomatic.

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