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Lymphogranuloma venereum presenting as an ulcer on the tongue
  1. José Riera-Monroig,
  2. Irene Fuertes de Vega
  1. Dermatology Department, Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Irene Fuertes de Vega, Dermatology Department, Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona 08036, Spain; ifuertes{at}


Oropharyngeal lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is an uncommon presentation and mainly consists of either asymptomatic infections or enlarged cervical lymphadenopathy. According to cross-sectional studies, the prevalence of pharyngeal LGV among men who have sex with men (MSM) seems to be very low. Tissue tropism could explain the difference between rectal and oral mucosa infection frequencies. This paper reports the singular case of an oral ulcer caused by LGV in an MSM who had also an asymptomatic rectal infection. Given the increasing number of cases of LGV, unusual presentations such as oral ulceration may be seen more frequently.

  • lymphogranuloma venereum
  • gay men
  • oral cavity
  • chlamydia trachomatis
  • modes of transmission

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  • Handling editor Gary Brook

  • Contributors IFdV conceived the case report, made a critical revision and approved the final version of the manuscript. JRM collected specific data, wrote several draft versions and approved the final versions of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.