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Gonococcal infection in the newborn

Michael E Speer, MD
Section Editors
Leonard E Weisman, MD
Sheldon L Kaplan, MD
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Carrie Armsby, MD, MPH


Perinatal acquisition of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can have serious consequences for the newborn. Ophthalmia neonatorum (newborn conjunctivitis) was caused principally by Neisseria gonorrhoeae at one time in the United States and was the most common cause of blindness. Although this newborn infection has decreased in frequency throughout the world, the consequences of untreated disease remain grave. Gonococcal infection in the newborn is reviewed here. Neonatal infection with other sexually transmitted organisms is discussed separately:

(See "Chlamydia trachomatis infections in the newborn".)

(See "Congenital syphilis: Evaluation, management, and prevention".)

(See "Neonatal herpes simplex virus infection: Clinical features and diagnosis" and "Neonatal herpes simplex virus infection: Management and prevention".)

(See "Hepatitis viruses and the newborn: Clinical manifestations and treatment".)

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