February 1984

Gonococcal Inguinal Lymphadenitis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington (Dr DeHertogh), and the Departments of Medicine (Dr DeHertogh) and Ambulatory and Community Medicine (Dr Murcia), Mt Sinai Hospital, Hartford, Conn.

Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(2):391. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.00350140221029

Neisseria gonorrhoeae is an unusual cause of inguinal lymphadenitis. We describe herein a male patient with no evidence of urogenital or extragenital gonococcal infection who had bacteriologically proved lymphadenitis secondary to N gonorrhoeae. We were unable to elucidate the pathogenesis of this entity, but concluded that urethral, rectal, and pharyngeal cultures for gonorrhea should be included in the evaluation of sexually active persons with adenitis of uncertain etiology even in the absence of urogenital or extragenital symptoms or findings.

(Arch Intern Med 1984;144:391)