Evelyn V. Hess, M.D.; M. J. Heimbrock, M.S.
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Gonococcal arthritis continues to be a common cause of infectious arthritis and may be on the increase. The various modes of presentation often make early diagnosis difficult. The authors first reported the use of an immunofluorescent method in detecting the antibody response in 1965. Clinical observations and immunologic investigations have been extended since that time.
Formalin-fixed smears are prepared from Neisseria gonorrhoeae cultures harvested at 18 hr, and test sera followed by conjugated antigamma globulin are incubated with the organisms. Eighty-five percent of the sera of 30 patients with definite gonococcal arthritis in whom organisms were cultured in joint, cervical,
Hess EV, Heimbrock MJ. The Diagnosis of Gonococcal Arthritis: Evaluation of the Immunofluorescent Antibody Test.. Ann Intern Med. ;70:1090. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-70-5-1090_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(5):1090.
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