Lymphogranuloma venereum

Alternative Names

LGV; Lymphogranuloma inguinale; Lymphopathia venereum

Definition of Lymphogranuloma venereum

Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a chronic (long-term) infection of the lymphatic system caused by three different types of the bacteria The bacteria spread through sexual contact. The infection is caused by a different bacteria than that which causes genital .


Symptoms of LGV can begin a few days to a month after coming in contact with the bacteria. Symptoms include:

Signs and tests

The health care provider will perform a physical examination and ask questions about your medical history. It is important to tell your doctor if you had sexual contact with someone who has had lymphogranuloma venereum.


This condition can be cured with the proper antibiotics. Those commonly prescribed to treat LGV include tetracycline, doxycycline, and erythromycin.

Expectations (prognosis)

With treatment, the outlook is good.


Linda Vorvick, MD, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Redmond, Washington ; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 7/29/2009

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