Gonococcal arthritis

Symptoms of Gonococcal arthritis

The following features are indicative of Gonococcal arthritis:
  • fever
  • joint pain
  • pain in the hands
  • pain in the wrists
  • burning during urination
  • single joint pain
  • skin rash

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Common Causes of Gonococcal arthritis

The following are the most common causes of Gonococcal arthritis:
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria

Risk Factors for Gonococcal arthritis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Gonococcal arthritis:
  • sexually active teen girls
  • age over 80 years
  • diabetes mellitus
  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • use of immunosuppressive medication
  • intravenous drug abuse
  • recent joint surgery
  • hip or knee prosthesis
  • skin infection
  • HIV infection

Prevention of Gonococcal arthritis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Gonococcal arthritis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • by practicing safer sex

Occurrence of Gonococcal arthritis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Gonococcal arthritis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Not common between 50K - 500K cases

Common Age Group

Gonococcal arthritis most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 50 years

Common Gender

Gonococcal arthritis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Gonococcal arthritis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Gonococcal arthritis:
  • WBC count (White blood cell): Measures the number of white blood cells in the body
  • ESR (Erythrocyte sedimentation rate): Measures how quickly erythrocytes settle at the bottom of a test tube that contains a blood sample
  • Ultrasound: Can be done and is effective at detecting joint effusions
  • Blood culture: Can be positive in up to half of patients with septic arthritis

Complications of Gonococcal arthritis if untreated

Yes, Gonococcal arthritis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Gonococcal arthritis is left untreated:
  • persistent joint pain

Self-care for Gonococcal arthritis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Gonococcal arthritis:
  • Avoid sexual intercourse: Helps in preventing gonorrhea
  • practice safer sex

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Gonococcal arthritis

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Gonococcal arthritis:
  • Antibiotic therapy: To suppress the infection

Time for Treatment of Gonococcal arthritis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Gonococcal arthritis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Within 1 week

Is Gonococcal arthritis Infectious?

Yes, Gonococcal arthritis is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
  • sexual transmission

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Gonococcal arthritis.

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