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Gonorrhea in Female Adolescents: Potential Analogies to Toxic Shock Syndrome

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▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Thomas A. Bell, M.D., M.P.H.; Department of Epidemiology SC-36, University of Washington; Seattle, WA 98195.

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© 1982 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(6_Part_2):924-925. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-96-6-924
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Serum progesterone levels are often low during the menstrual cycles of adolescents. Columnar epithelium is exposed on the portio vaginalis of the cervix. These characteristics may enhance the virulence of genital infection with Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Similar mechanisms may contribute to the propensity of adolescents for toxic shock syndrome.





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