Oropharyngeal Gonorrhea: A Diagnosis to be Considered

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Diana Damas Teixeira - Corresponding Author

Diana Damas Teixeira [dianamargaridadamas@gmail.com]
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0197-657X

Sara Leite Magalhães


Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) with multiple clinical presentations. This is a case report about a young man with gonococcal pharyngitis. A 27-year-old male seeks medical attention because of three days of symptoms compatible with pharyngitis, having already been medicated with ibuprofen, 600 mg, twice a day, with no improvement. The patient was worried with the possibility of this being an STD because his boyfriend had been diagnosed with a urinary tract infection the day before. Culture of pharyngeal swab was requested, which confirmed the diagnosis of pharyngeal gonorrhea. Diagnosis of pharyngeal gonorrhea demands a high level of clinical suspicion, which arises during the clinical interview. Guidance on situations like this should be comprehensive, providing not only treatment but also counseling on how to stop ongoing transmission.

Keywords: Gonorrhea; Homosexuality, Male; Neisseria gonorrhoeae; Oropharynx

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Damas Teixeira D, Leite Magalhães S. Oropharyngeal Gonorrhea: A Diagnosis to be Considered. Gaz Med [Internet]. 2024 Mar. 28 [cited 2024 Jun. 18];11(1):54-8. Available from: https://gazetamedica.pt/index.php/gazeta/article/view/676