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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 563672, 3 pages
Case Report

Primary Meningococcal Polyarthritis in an Adult Woman

Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine of Jundiaí, 13202-550 Jundiaí, SP, Brazil

Received 8 January 2015; Revised 27 February 2015; Accepted 2 March 2015

Academic Editor: Florian Thalhammer

Copyright © 2015 José Celso Giordan Cavalcanti Sarinho et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Primary joint infection caused by the Gram-negative bacteria Neisseria meningitidis is rare. Normally, joint involvement comes secondary to meningitis or severe sepsis caused by this agent. When primary arthritis is seen, monoarthritis is the most common presentation. A meningococcal polyarthritis is described in less than 10 case reports according to current literature. This case report aims to briefly review this rare clinical event in an adult woman with no previous history of rheumatological disease. Early diagnosis of polyarthritis caused by meningococcal bacteria usually present a good prognosis when properly treated.