BENJAMIN G. NEWMAN, M.D.
To the editor: The article, "Disseminated Gonococcal Infection," by Drs. Holmes, Counts, and Beaty in the June 1971 ANNALS raises an interesting question. In their Case 1, Patient J.J., they describe a 30-year-old pregnant woman who was hospitalized with gonococcal bacteremia.
I was surprised to read that they treated this patient with 2 g of tetracycline daily. It is my understanding that tetracycline is contraindicated in pregnant women. Even if the patient were allergic to penicillin, the drug of choice, wouldn't an alternate drug such as erythromycin have been safer for both mother and fetus?
NEWMAN BG. Tetracycline in Pregnancy?. Ann Intern Med. ;75:648–649. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-4-648_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(4):648-649.
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