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October 1923


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From the department of cystoscopy, skin and venereal diseases, Cook County Hospital, Chicago.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1923;32(4):530-537. doi:10.1001/archinte.1923.00110220050006

The few cases reported in the literature of spinal cord involvement following a gonorrheal urethritis, and presumably due to a metastatic gonococcal infection or a gonotoxin, sufficiently support the possibility of such an occurrence, and it is the custom of textbook authors to devote a few lines to a general consideration of this subject. A careful search through the literature failed to uncover any reported cases or review of cases of this condition by investigators in this country, and the few scattered reports by others are contained in foreign journals. Because of the rarity of the condition and the fact that, so far as we have been able to determine, no review of reported cases has ever been made, we have compiled all available reports, and submit two such instances of our own.

Numerous records of gonorrheal meningitis are available, and while there has been considerable confusion and much discussion

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