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N Z Med J. 2002 Oct 11;115(1163):U201.

Childhood gonorrhoea in Auckland.

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Whakaruruhau (Child Abuse Assessment Unit), Starship Children's Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. patrickk@adhb.govt.nz

Abstract

AIM:

To review the Auckland experience of childhood gonorrhoea, with particular regard to inter-agency management and medicolegal outcome.

METHODS:

Retrospective review of medical records at a specialist child abuse assessment unit, and follow up with other agencies involved.

RESULTS:

Twelve cases of genital gonorrhoea in pre-pubertal children in five years, in contrast to two cases in the preceding six years. Major problems in inter-agency coordination, and an inability to identify the source of the infection in most cases.

CONCLUSIONS:

Gonorrhoea in the pre-pubertal child is an increasing problem, and is often poorly handled. Proposals for an inter-agency guideline are discussed.

PMID:
12552307
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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