What is Gonorrhea?
In men, by involving which gland can the urethritis infection become more severe?
My name is Dr. Robert Lahita and I'm the chairman of the department of medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ which is the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The topic for this segment is: What is Gonorrhea?Gonorrhea is an age-old infection caused by a bacterium called Neisseria Gonorrhea. The gonorrhea is a very, very virulent form of bacteria which is sexually transmitted and it is common for both men and women to have gonorrhea. Gonorrhea can also be transmitted perinatally.In a man, a gonorrhea usually produces a yellowish-green discharge and can be quite painful because it can produce what is called a urethritis. Urethritis is an infection of the tube that goes from the tip of the penis into the bladder. A urethritis can really be very, very discomforting. And it is also called the "clap" for a variety of reasons. But this has to be treated because what can happen is: the infection can become more severe by involving a gland called the prostate and also perhaps the epididymus which are the tubules that make the sperm that are in the testicles. And this can effect females as well as males.Gonorrhea in females is a little bit more insidious, because it can involve the ovaries, the tubules that go to the ovaries and parts of the uterus. Gonorrhea initially causes disease in the cervix - it can then ascend, infecting the fallopian tubes and the ovaries. A little note here is that when gonorrhea becomes systemic, which means that it involves the circulation of the blood, one usually gets pustules on the skin which are fairly diagnostic of what are called disseminated gonorrhea.For more information about this, go to About.com.