Infectious Disease Compendium

Proctitis

Diagnosis

Inflammation of the rectum. There are a variety of non-infectious causes as well.

Epidemiologic Risks

Anal intercourse.

Microbiology

Chlamydia trachomatis/LGV, Herpes simplex virus, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Syphilis, Mycoplasma genitalium (PubMed), CMV.

Empiric Therapy

Get a diagnosis, no need for empiricism.

Pearls

Herpes can present with acute urinary retention.

I always thought it was a metaphor, but blowing smoke up your ass (PubMed) can cause proctitis and abscess (PubMed).

Last Update: 01/06/19.