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Chronic gonococcal arthritis with C5 deficiency presenting with brief flare-ups: case study and literature review.
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PMID:  24777471     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Gonococcal arthritis is typically acute and appears within 3 weeks after initial infection. Chronic gonococcal arthritis is now exceptionally rare, since the advent of the antibiotic era. Numerous host factors are involved in gonococcal dissemination, such as complement deficiency, HIV and gonococcus strain characteristics. Gonococcal arthritis shares the same risk factors. In this instance, our patient was a 16-year-old girl suffering from persistent polyarthralgia with joint swelling presenting with brief flare-ups for a period of 1 year. She disclosed a single episode of unprotected sexual intercourse 1 year ago, i.e. just before developing her first rheumatological symptoms. Therefore, we performed a joint aspiration (arthrocentesis), and synovial fluid was inoculated directly into aerobic and anaerobic blood culture bottles, which tested positive for Neisseria gonorrhoeae within 24 h. Clinical presentation was consistent with previous reports of chronic gonococcal arthritis. Further investigation revealed a C5 complement deficiency, which might explain the chronic Neisseria process. A favourable outcome was reached after a ten-day course of IV ceftriaxone, with no apparent sequelae found during follow-up 6 weeks later. This case demonstrates an unusual gonococcal arthritis with brief flare-ups for the course of a year, followed by a subacute form. N. meningitidis infections, similar to N. gonorrhoeae, are typically acute and may sometimes be involved in chronic processes. However, this characteristic appears to be rare in the case of N. gonorrhoeae. Risk factors for this chronic process will be discussed with a review of the literature.
Authors:
B Davido; A Dinh; A Lagrange; G Mellon; P de Truchis; C Perronne; A C Cremieux
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-4-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical rheumatology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1434-9949     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Rheumatol.     Publication Date:  2014 Apr 
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Created Date:  2014-4-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8211469     Medline TA:  Clin Rheumatol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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