Gonococcal meningitis diagnosed by DNA amplification: Case report and review of the literature

Edward Cachay, William C. Mathews, Sharon L. Reed, Mark A. Swancutt, Joshua Fierer

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We report a case of gonococcal meningitis diagnosed by DNA amplification. A 47-year old man presented with a 4-day history of asymmetric painful swelling of his ankles and wrists, and skin rash. He had sex with men only but was HIV negative. Headache and photophobia led to a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) examination that revealed meningitis. Cultures were negative but we detected Neisseria gonorrhoeae in his urine and CSF using a GC/chlamydia DNA amplification assay. The patient was discharged without sequela after 14 days of intravenous ceftriaxone.

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Leadership and Management
  • Nursing(all)

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