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Lymphogranuloma venereum - is the condition is due to a virus which is usually acquired by sexual contact. Associated with this infection are large glands in the inguinal region and also systemic symptoms.

Lymphogranuloma venereum is seen in all parts of the world, but mostly in tropical and semitropical climates. A positive skin test determines with certainty the diagnosis of this condition; it is called the Frei test.

Usually from one to four weeks after exposure, the condition begins with an ulcer or an erosion at the place where the organism attacks the body. Frequently this little spot will be considered insignificant, and nothing done about it. Gradually the lymph glands in the groin will begin to swell and form a large mass, which may later break down. The infection may spread to the lower opening of the bowel, causing inflammation with bleeding and a purulent discharge and serious scarring.

Here sulfadiazine is the drug most commonly recommended for treatment. The drug is given four times a day for twelve to fifteen days, and this usually clears up the condition. The aureomycin antibiotic has also been found effective.


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