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As sexual behaviour has become more diversified, oral sex has become common (especially among younger people) and urogenital micro-organisms, such as Chlamydia trachomatis or Neisseria gonorrhoeae, are also being detected in the pharynx.1– ,5 We performed testing for pharyngeal C trachomatis and N gonorrhoeae in patients with pharyngeal symptoms.
Among patients who presented at Tohoku Rosai Hospital otorhinolaryngology outpatient clinic with acute tonsillitis, acute pharyngitis or abnormal pharyngeal sensation syndrome between June 2012 and March 2013, 225 patients gave written informed consent to the collection of specimens and were enrolled …
Contributors Conception and design of the study: KOd, HY, NO; Collection of specimens: KOd, YH, TK, MI, KOh; Performance of the experiments: HY, DO; Analysis of the data: KOd, HY, TC; Writing the report: All authors.
Funding The Japan Labour Health and Welfare Organization (grant number TRH-Okitsu24).
Competing interests None.
Patient consent Obtained.
Ethics approval Ethical committee of Tohoku Rosai Hospital.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.