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Case Study: Acute Urethral Discharge
A 25-year-old female presents to the emergency room with an acute urethral discharge of two days duration.
The image shows the Gram stained smear that was obtained. Many polymorphonuclear (PMN) leukocytes and intracellular and extracellular gram-negative diplococci were observed. Based on the clinical history and the Gram stain observation, a diagnosis of gonorrhea can be made.

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