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Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a topic covered in the Johns Hopkins ABX Guide.

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  • Gram-negative diplococcus, oxidase and catalase positive.
    • Grows best on blood agar medium or chocolate medium (blood heated at 176-194o F).
      • Has a loose capsule and pili. Antigenic variation of pili can be used for epidemiological characterization.
      • Strains with nutrient requirements for arginine, hypoxanthine or uracil are more likely to cause asymptomatic infection.
  • Infects surfaces lined with columnar epithelial cells: endocervix, urethra, anogenital and oropharyngeal mucous membranes, conjunctiva.
  • Always considered pathogenic when identified.

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Last updated: April 5, 2019


Fabre, Valeria, and Noreen A Hynes. "Neisseria Gonorrhoeae." Johns Hopkins ABX Guide, The Johns Hopkins University, 2019. Pediatrics Central, peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540249/all/Neisseria_gonorrhoeae.
Fabre , Hynes NA. Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. The Johns Hopkins University; 2019. https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540249/all/Neisseria_gonorrhoeae. Accessed April 21, 2019.
Fabre, ., & Hynes, N. A. (2019). Neisseria gonorrhoeae. In Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. Available from https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540249/all/Neisseria_gonorrhoeae
Fabre , Hynes NA. Neisseria Gonorrhoeae [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. The Johns Hopkins University; 2019. [cited 2019 April 21]. Available from: https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540249/all/Neisseria_gonorrhoeae.
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