Lymphogranuloma Venereum

by Emily Morris

Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a chronic (long-term) infection of the lymphatic system. It is caused by any of three different types (serovars) of the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Its a bacterial so it can be cured with antibiotics.

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symptoms for males:

Drainage through the skin from lymph nodes in the groin

Painful bowel movements

Small painless sore on the male genitals or in the female genital tract

Swelling and redness of the skin in the groin area

Blood or pus from the rectum

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symptoms for women:

all of the above but also Swelling of the labia

Complications:

Brain inflammation

Infections in the joints, eyes, heart, or liver

Long-term inflammation and swelling of the genitals

Scarring and narrowing of the rectum

Genital elephantiasis

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