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Donovanosis Overview

Another name for Donovanosis is Granuloma Inguinale.

What is granuloma inguinale?
A person with granuloma inguinale has a rare venereal disease, caused by the bacteria, Donovania granulomatous. The infection causes red lumps on the genitals that can turn into genital sores and genital ulcers.

What are the symptoms of granuloma inguinale?
Granuloma inguinale usually starts with small red skin lumps on the genitals that turn into red, swollen skin patches. The patches can spread and destroy the skin. Other symptoms include swollen glands in the groin, penile sore, vaginal discharge, and vaginal sores.

How does the doctor treat granuloma inguinale?
Treatment for granuloma inguinale includes genital cleansing and oral antibiotics.

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Last Updated: Nov 4, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Donovanosis References
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