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Tropical Bubo Overview

Another name for Tropical Bubo is Lymphogranuloma Venereum.

What is lymphogranuloma venereum?
A person with lymphogranuloma venereum has a sexually transmitted disease that is caused by the bacteria, Chlamydia trachomatis. There are only 300 cases of lymphogranuloma venereum reported each year in the US. The infection resolves with antibiotic treatment.

What are the symptoms of lymphogranuloma venereum?
Symptoms of lymphogranuloma venereum start 1-3 weeks after sexual contact with an infected person. The symptoms occur in 3 stages. Symptoms of the first stage of lymphogranuloma venereum include painless genital sores. Symptoms of the second stage include swollen lymph glands in the groin, fever, headache, and chills. Symptoms of the third stage of lymphogranuloma venereum include anal pain, anal discharge, and fever.

How does the doctor treat lymphogranuloma venereum?
Treatment for lymphogranuloma venereum includes warm compresses, antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Surgery may be required to treat severe cases of lymphogranuloma venereum.

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Tropical Bubo References
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