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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 7 (1999), Issue 4, Pages 199-201

Lymphogranuloma Venereum Presenting as a Rectovaginal Fistula

University Of South Florida College Of Medicine, Department Of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 4 Columbia Drive, Suite 500, Tampa 33606, FL, USA

Received 15 December 1998; Accepted 9 June 1999

Copyright © 1999 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a rare form of the sexually transmitted disease caused by Chlamydia trachomatis. In the United States, there are fewer than 350 cases per year. In a review of the world’s literature, there has not been a case reported in the last thirty years of a case ofLGV presenting as a rectovaginal fistula. We present a case of an otherwise healthy American woman who presented with a rectovaginal fistula. Although uncommon, LGV does occur in developed countries and may have devastating tissue destruction if not recognized and treated before the tertiary stage. Infect. Dis. Obstet. Gynecol. 7:199–201, 1999.