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One thing everyone wants for themselves and their loved ones is a long, healthy life. Southwest General Health Center is an award-winning hospital in Middleburg Heights, Ohio serving the Greater Cleveland area. We take great pride in serving the people of our community and strive to provide each and every patient with exceptional health care. In addition to our patients’ physical needs, we provide them with resources for mental, emotional and spiritual support for an optimal healing experience.

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Southwest General was founded in response to a devastating, post-World War I flu epidemic, during which many area residents died while being transported to the nearest Cleveland hospital. Concerned with the need for a local hospital, members of the community rallied together and raised $100,000 to create a new medical facility that could provide the sick with the care and attention they needed. We commemorate the impressive work of our founders by continuously expanding and improving our services to better meet the medical needs of our community.

In the beginning, Southwest General was a 32-bed hospital in Berea. Today, we have more than 350-beds and provide routine and emergency medical services to the people of southwestern Cuyahoga, northern Medina and eastern Lorain counties.

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We take our responsibility as a health care provider very seriously. Caring for patients goes beyond prescribing medication and bandaging wounds— it is our job to listen to people and work with them to provide compassionate care that addresses all of their needs. Whatever situation brings you and your family to our doors, you can trust that our team will be ready to help you with exceptional care and attention.

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Providing Patients With the Services They Need

Southwest General was founded in response to a devastating, post-World War I flu epidemic, during which many area residents died while being transported to the nearest Cleveland hospital. Concerned with the need for a local hospital, members of the community rallied together and raised $100,000 to create a new medical facility that could provide the sick with the care and attention they needed. We commemorate the impressive work of our founders by continuously expanding and improving our services to better meet the medical needs of our community.

In the beginning, Southwest General was a 32-bed hospital in Berea. Today, we have more than 350-beds and provide routine and emergency medical services to the people of southwestern Cuyahoga, northern Medina and eastern Lorain counties.

Compassionate Medical Care

We take our responsibility as a health care provider very seriously. Caring for patients goes beyond prescribing medication and bandaging wounds— it is our job to listen to people and work with them to provide compassionate care that addresses all of their needs. Whatever situation brings you and your family to our doors, you can trust that our team will be ready to help you with exceptional care and attention.

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Gonococcal arthritis

Definition

Gonococcal arthritis is inflammation of a joint due to a gonorrhea infection.

Alternative Names

Disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI); Disseminated gonococcemia; Septic arthritis - gonococcal arthritis

Causes

Gonococcal arthritis is an infection of a joint. It occurs in people who have gonorrhea, which is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Gonococcal arthritis is a complication of gonorrhea. Gonococcal arthritis affects women more often than men. It is most common among sexually active teen girls.

Gonococcal arthritis occurs when the bacteria spread through the blood to a joint. Sometimes, more than one joint is infected.

Symptoms

Symptoms of joint infection may include:

Exams and Tests

The health care provider will perform a physical examination and ask about the symptoms.

Tests will be done to check for a gonorrhea infection. This may involve taking samples of tissue, joint fluids, or other body material and sending them to a lab for examination under a microscope. Examples of such tests include:

Treatment

The gonorrhea infection must be treated.

There are two aspects of treating a sexually transmitted disease, especially one as easily spread as gonorrhea. The first is to cure the infected person. The second is to locate, test, and treat all sexual contacts of the infected person. This is done to prevent further spread of the disease.

Some locations allow you to take counseling information and treatment to your partner(s) yourself. In other locations, the health department will contact your partner(s).

A treatment routine is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Your provider will determine the best and most up-to-date treatment. A follow-up visit 7 days after treatment is important if the infection was complicated, to recheck blood tests and confirm that the infection was cured.

Outlook (Prognosis)

Symptoms usually improve within 1 to 2 days of starting treatment. Full recovery can be expected.

Possible Complications

Untreated, this condition may lead to persistent joint pain.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your provider if you have symptoms of gonorrhea or gonococcal arthritis.

Prevention

Not having sexual intercourse (abstinence) is the only sure method to prevent gonorrhea. A monogamous sexual relationship with a person who you know does not have any sexually transmitted disease (STD) can reduce your risk. Monogamous means you and your partner do not have sex with any other people.

You can greatly lower your risk of infection with an STD by practicing safer sex. This means using a condom every time you have sex. Condoms are available for both men and women, but they are most commonly worn by the man. A condom must be used properly every time.

Treating all sexual partners is essential to prevent re-infection.

References

Cook PP, Siraj DS. Bacterial arthritis. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Gabriel SE, McInnes IB, O'Dell JR, eds. Kelly and Firestein's Textbook of Rheumatology. 10th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 109.

Marrazzo JM, Apicella MA. Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonorrhea). In: Bennett JE, Dolin R, Blaser MJ, eds. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, Updated Edition. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 214.


Review Date: 5/18/2017
Reviewed By: Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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Providing Patients With the Services They Need

Southwest General was founded in response to a devastating, post-World War I flu epidemic, during which many area residents died while being transported to the nearest Cleveland hospital. Concerned with the need for a local hospital, members of the community rallied together and raised $100,000 to create a new medical facility that could provide the sick with the care and attention they needed. We commemorate the impressive work of our founders by continuously expanding and improving our services to better meet the medical needs of our community.

In the beginning, Southwest General was a 32-bed hospital in Berea. Today, we have more than 350-beds and provide routine and emergency medical services to the people of southwestern Cuyahoga, northern Medina and eastern Lorain counties.

Compassionate Medical Care

We take our responsibility as a health care provider very seriously. Caring for patients goes beyond prescribing medication and bandaging wounds— it is our job to listen to people and work with them to provide compassionate care that addresses all of their needs. Whatever situation brings you and your family to our doors, you can trust that our team will be ready to help you with exceptional care and attention.

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