Disseminated gonococcal infection in an elderly Japanese man

Hideharu Hagiya, Nobuhiko Onishi, Hirotaka Ebara, Yoshihisa Hanayama, Susumu Kokeguchi, Motoko Nose, Nobuchika Kusano, Fumio Otsuka

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We herein present the case of a 69-year-old Japanese man who had unprotected sexual contact with a local commercial sex worker in an East Asian country and was diagnosed as having disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI). The organism was confirmed to be Neisseria gonorrhoeae based on 16S rRNA sequencing and positive results for the cppB gene. This case indicates that a diagnosis of DGI should also be considered in elderly individuals. DGI potentially causes many complications, and the pathogen has recently been reported to be resistant to various antibiotics. Physicians must therefore pay more attention to the possible occurrence of DGI in various clinical settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2669-2673
Number of pages5
JournalInternal Medicine
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Disseminated gonococcal infection
  • Elderly
  • Imported infectious disease
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Sexually transmitted infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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