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[Lymphogranuloma venereum. An old disease in a new dress].

Authors
  • de Roche, M1
  • Sawatzki, M
  • Degen, L
  • Itin, P
  • Flückiger, U
  • Frei, R
  • Goldenberger, D
  • 1 Klinik für Infektiologie & Spitalhygiene, Universitätsspital Basel, Basel, Switzerland. , (Switzerland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Der Internist
Publication Date
May 01, 2011
Volume
52
Issue
5
Pages
584–589
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00108-010-2686-2
PMID: 20945057
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Lymphogranuloma venereum is a sexually transmitted disease caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, serotypes L1, L2 and L3. The classical clinical manifestation is a painful inguinal lymphadenopathy, resulting without treatment in severe complications. Over the last years, however, the emergence of massive ulcerative proctitis has been observed, especially in men who have sex with men. Because the clinical symptoms are unspecific, Chlamydia trachomatis should actively be looked for. Reliable and rapid molecular tests have now been established to diagnose lymphogranuloma venereum. The therapeutic recommendation is tetracycline for 3 weeks. We present 5 cases to illustrate this disease.

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