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Lymphogranuloma Venereum

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lymphogranuloma venereum is a chronic sexually transmitted infection that occurs in 3 stages. The primary stage is cervicitis, proctitis, or a transient genital papule. The secondary stage is bilateral inguinal or pelvic adenopathy. If untreated, lymphatic damage can occur, resulting in genital fibrosis and lymphedema. The tertiary stage is very difficult to manage, so identification of infected patients at earlier stages is critical. There is an ongoing epidemic of chlamydial proctitis in South Africa, Europe, and the United States among men who have sex with men. The diagnosis is difficult to confirm, as serologic tests do not distinguish prior exposure. Newer tests identifying nuclear components of the infectious agent are becoming available, and can be performed on histological material.

Initial Steps

  1. Doxycycline 100 mg twice daily for 3 weeks.

Alternative Steps

  1. Oral erythromycin 500 mg 4 times daily for 3 weeks.
  2. Initial anecdotal reports suggest that azithromycin as a single dose of 1 g orally may be effective for early disease.

Subsequent Steps

  1. Fluctuant nodes should be aspirated, not incised and drained.
  2. Surgical excision of lymph nodes or extensive lymphedema can be performed and may lead to significant functional and cosmetic improvement.


  1. Surgery should not be performed during active phases of the disease, and when performed, should be preceded and followed by 2 weeks of antibiotic treatment.

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