Neisseria gonorrhoeae- Laboratory Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention


The laboratory diagnosis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae (Ng) infection is important for the effective management and prevention of gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted infection that can cause serious complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and disseminated gonococcal infection. The ideal laboratory test to detect Ng should be sensitive, specific, easy to use, rapid, affordable and provide information about susceptibility to antimicrobial drugs. However, such a test is not available and presumably will not be in the near future. Thus, diagnosis of gonococcal infections presently includes application of different techniques to address these requirements.