- A sexually transmitted disease caused by the fastidious, gram-negative coccobacillus Haemophilus ducreyi.
- Common in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, but rare in developed countries.
- Classically presents with the acute onset of a painful genital ulcer with fluctuant lymphadenitis (bubo formation).
- An important co-factor in HIV transmission, and HIV status must be assessed.
- Most cases resolve with antibiotic therapy; recurrence rare.
- Sexual partners within 10 days prior to onset of symptoms must be traced and treated, even if asymptomatic.
Other related conditions
- Lymphogranuloma venereum
- Syphilis infection
- Herpes simplex infection
- HIV infection
- Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin
- Behcet's syndrome
- Common cutaneous drug reactions
- Crohn's disease
- Gonorrhoea infection
- Urinary tract infections in men
- Urinary tract infections in women
- Acute conjunctivitis
- Intra-abdominal abscess
Last updated: Dec 18, 2012