• The Gram-stained smear of secretions in female children and adolescents was evaluated as a diagnostic aid in acute gonorrhea. A positive smear was defined as the presence of at least eight or more pairs of Gram-negative, kidney-bean-shaped diplococci in each of at least two polymorphonuclear leukocytes. When the Gram-stained smear was compared with culture results in female patients it detected two thirds of infections and had a very high specificity. When the smear was positive, the culture was positive in 96% of the cases. The Gram-stained smear of cervical secretions is recommended as a guide to the early diagnosis of gonorrhea and its prompt therapy in the pediatric age group.
(Am J Dis Child 131:1094-1096, 1977)
Wald ER. Gonorrhea: Diagnosis by Gram Stain in the Female Adolescent. Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(10):1094–1096. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120230040006
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