Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. If left untreated, infection can lead to serious reproductive health problems, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility. Gonorrhea also can cause infections in newborn babies. Tests and effective treatments are available.
Disseminated Gonococcal Infection (DGI)
Disseminated Gonococcal Infection, or DGI, is an uncommon, but severe, complication of untreated gonorrhea. DGI occurs when the sexually transmitted pathogen Neisseria gonorrhoeae invades the bloodstream and spreads to distant sites in the body, leading to clinical manifestations such as septic arthritis, polyarthralgia, tenosynovitis, petechial/pustular skin lesions, bacteremia, or, on rare occasions, endocarditis or meningitis.