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Gonorrhea (cont.)

Gonorrhea Prognosis

Treated with antibiotics, gonorrheal infections can be cured 95% to 99% of the time.

Complications if gonorrhea is not treated include

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (20% to 40% of women)
  • Chronic pelvic pain and sterility from tubal adhesions in which fibrous tissue in the Fallopian tubes abnormally sticks together (women)
  • Arthritis
  • Meningitis (inflammation of the brain) or perihepatitis (infection of the liver)
  • Chlamydia, another sexually transmitted disease (60%), often accompanies gonorrheal infections.



Medically reviewed by Rambod Rouhbakhsh, MD, MBA, FAAFP; American Board of Family Medicine

REFERENCES:

CDC.gov. Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines 2006.
<http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2006/urethritis-and-cervicitis.htm#uc6>

eMedicine.com. Gonorrhea.
<http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/782913-overview>


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/3/2014

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