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Single case of lymphogranuloma venereum on the tongue
  1. Tristan Gabriel Sobral-Costas1,
  2. Sergio López-Alcázar1,
  3. Rafael Escudero-Tornero1,
  4. Guillermo Servera-Negre1,
  5. David Manuel Montenegro Pascual2,
  6. Inmaculada Quiles-Melero3,
  7. Elena Sendagorta Cudós1
  1. 1 Dermatology Department, La Paz University Hospital, Madrid, Spain
  2. 2 Internal Medicine, La Paz University Hospital, Madrid, Spain
  3. 3 La Paz University Hospital, Madrid, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tristan Gabriel Sobral-Costas, La Paz University Hospital, Madrid 28046, Spain; tristansobral{at}


Traditionally, lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) has been associated with disease of the genital area. However, atypical presentations and proctitis are increasingly observed. We report a case of LGV affecting the dorsum of the tongue, which presented as a very painful ulcer. The response to doxycycline (100 mg two times per day for 21 days) was satisfactory. This case may represent a paradigm shift in the differential diagnosis of lingual ulcers.

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  • Contributors SL-A, RE-T, GS-N and DMP have participated in the clinical data collection. GS-N and RE-T have also participated in the design of the article. IQ-M contributed to the microbiology data. ESC has participated in the conception of the study. TGS-C has participated in the conception, data collection, analysis of results and preparation and submission of the manuscript. All authors have read and approved the manuscript.

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