Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
On-line version ISSN 1806-4841
TCHERNEV, Georgi et al. Lymphogranuloma venereum: "a clinical and histopathological chameleon?". An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2010, vol.85, n.4, pp.525-530. ISSN 1806-4841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962010000400015.
Lymphogranuloma venereum is an infection caused by a variety of the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Both genital and extragenital manifestations of the disease can cause serious differential diagnostic difficulties, indirectly leading to progression and dissemination of the infection. This work describes cases of patients with lymphogranuloma venereum showing atypical clinical and/or histopathological findings. It also focuses on alternative therapeutic approaches, such as surgical excision at stage 1, that may lead to a positive outcome. It is not completely clear whether histopathological findings of lymphogranuloma venereum can reveal progression or changes in the course of the disease over time, as is the case in other diseases. We conclude that both clinical and histopathological observations in a larger number of patients are needed in order to further evaluate the findings presented in this article.
Keywords : Chlamydia trachomatis; Lymphogranuloma venereum; Neoplasms; Surgery, plastic.