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Numerous cases of gonorrheal septicemia have been reported in adults following genital infections with the gonococcus. In children such cases occur but are very unusual, being extremely rare in infants. Sepsis occurring as a result of gonorrheal ophthalmia is practically an unheard of condition.
The case here reported is of interest because of the unusual pathogenesis and the age of the patient.
REPORT OF CASE
A. M., aged 4 days, was admitted to Cook County Hospital Feb. 24, 1937, from an outlying hospital. The birth was a precipitous one, the child being premature and weighing 5 pounds (2,268 Gm.). The eyes of the baby had been treated by the Credé method one hour after birth. Vaginal and cervical smears taken from the mother were negative for gonococci.On examination there was noted a thick, yellow, purulent discharge from both eyes. The conjunctivae were swollen and reddened, and smears
Hoffman SJ, Schneider M. GONORRHEAL SEPSIS IN AN INFANTREPORT OF A CASE FOLLOWING OPHTHALMIA NEONATORUM. JAMA. 1937;109(18):1447–1448. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.92780440001011
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