What is it?

Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV) is an infectious disease caused by Chlamydia trachomatis. It causes a skin lesion followed by regional lymphadenopathy in the groin or pelvis. It may also cause severe proctitis, if it was transmitted by anal sex.

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Signs & symptoms

LGV occurs in 3 stages. On the first stage, a small skin lesion appears at the site of entry. On the second stage, masses on either one or both of the groin appear due to enlargement of lymph nodes. They may be tender or fluctuant. Inflammation of the lymph node is possible, with or without fever and malaise. Women may have pelvic pain and inflammation of deeper lymph nodes. On the third stage lesions heal. but sinus tracts may persist.


Diagnosis of LGV is made after identifying antibodies to chlamydia endotoxin or by using a PCR test.


LGV is treated with antibiotics, and sometimes surgical drainage.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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