Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fact of the day: Gonorrhea and vulvovaginitis

Gonorrheal infection is generally limited to superficial mucosal surfaces lined with columnar epithelium. The areas most frequently involved are the cervix, urethra, rectum, pharynx, and conjunctiva

Squamous epithelium, which lines the adult vagina, is not susceptible to infection by the gonococcus.

However, the prepubertal vaginal epithelium, which has not been keratinized under the influence of estrogen, may be infected. Hence, gonorrhea in young girls may present as vulvovaginitis. 

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