- lymphogranuloma venereum
- lymphogranuloma ve·ne·re·um -və-'nir-ē-əm n a contagious venereal disease that is caused by various strains of a bacterium of the genus Chlamydia (C. trachomatis) and is marked by painful swelling and inflammation of the lymph nodes esp. in the region of the groin called also lymphogranuloma inguinale, lymphopathia venereum
* * *a sexually transmitted disease that is caused by Chlamydia and is most common in tropical regions. An initial lesion on the genitals is followed by swelling and inflammation of the lymph nodes in the groin; the lymph vessels in the genital region may become blocked, causing thickening of the skin of that area. Early treatment with sulphonamides or tetracyclines is usually effective.
* * *a sexually transmitted infection usually seen in warm climates, due to strains of Chlamydia trachomatis, characterized by a primary cutaneous or mucosal lesion (papular, ulcerative, herpetiform, or erosive), or urethritis or endocervicitis. This heals spontaneously and may go unnoticed, but is then followed by acute lymphadenopathy. The original infection site determines the later manifestations: in men, the primary lesion is usually on the prepuce, glans, and shaft of the penis, associated with lymphadenitis of inguinal lymph nodes, often with draining buboes (the inguinal syndrome); in women, the primary lesion usually involves the posterior vagina, cervix, and labia, associated with hemorrhagic proctocolitis (the anogenitorectal syndrome). Late complications in untreated cases, chiefly in women, include locally destructive ulcerations, rectal strictures, rectovaginal fistulas, and genital elephantiasis. Called also l. inguinale.
Lymphogranuloma venereum causing unilateral vulvar lymphedema and inguinal buboes.
Medical dictionary. 2011.