Braz J Infect Dis. 2008 Dec;12(6):521-5. doi: 10.1590/s1413-86702008000600015.


Donovanosis is a chronic bacterial illness frequently associated with sexually transmitted infections (STI) and is under diagnosed both in endemic areas as well as in countries in which doctors have little experience with tropical diseases. The utilization of syndromic diagnosis and treatment of STIs in various parts of the world and the previous use of antibiotics make it difficult to find Donovan bodies in the cytodiagnostic and hystopathological exams, requiring the utilization of technology that is neither routine nor often accessible to confirm the hypothesized diagnosis. Therefore, it is necessary to bring medical professionals up to date about this infectious disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Granuloma Inguinale* / complications
  • Granuloma Inguinale* / diagnosis
  • Granuloma Inguinale* / drug therapy
  • Granuloma Inguinale* / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Male