Hypertrophic Donavanosis in a Young Pregnant Woman

C. A. Liverani, D. Lattuada, S. Mangano, C. Pignatari, D. Puglia, E. Monti, G. Bolis

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Background: Donovanosis is a chronic bacterial illness, progressive and indolent, which normally attacks the skin and mucous membranes in the genital and perigenital regions. Case: An 18-year-old pregnant female presented with large, hypertrophic lesions in the ano-genital region. HIV serology was negative. Pap smear revealed a CIN 1 associated with HPV infection. Biopsy yielded macrophages laden with Gram-negative Donovan bodies. Summary and Conclusion: A diagnosis of vulvar and perianal donovanosis was reached; the patient decided to terminate the pregnancy and was treated with azithromycin, which led to clinical resolution.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012


  • Adolescence
  • Calymmatobacterium
  • Donovanosis
  • Klebsiella granulomatis
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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