- Classically presents as acute urethral discharge following unprotected sex.
- The 2 most important aetiological agents are Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis.
- Increased risk is associated with new sex partner, multiple sex partners, or age under 25 years. Disease may be transmitted to infants from infected mothers, resulting in conjunctivitis, iritis, otitis media, or pneumonia.
- Higher morbidity in untreated women (10% to 40%) than in men (1% to 2%).
- Untreated gonococcal urethritis may disseminate, causing arthritis, meningitis, and endocarditis. Untreated non-gonococcal urethritis may present with complications such as reactive arthritis or infertility.
Other related conditions
- Gonorrhoea infection
- Genital tract chlamydia infection
- Urinary tract infections in men
- Urinary tract infections in women
- Urinary tract infections in children
- Reactive arthritis
- Acute conjunctivitis
- Acute epididymitis
- Interstitial cystitis
- Bacterial meningitis
- Infective endocarditis
ultimo aggiornamento: ott 30, 2012