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granuloma inguinale (gran″u-lo´mә ing-gwĭ-na´le)   a granulomatous disease that is associated with uncleanliness and is caused by the microorganism Calymmatobacterium granulomatis. It is often considered to be a sexually transmitted disease, but it can also be transmitted other than by sexual contact. About 10 days to 3 months after exposure, the first symptoms may appear, usually small painless ulcers that bleed easily. Swelling in the groin may then follow. New ulcers may appear as the old ones heal, and the condition may eventually spread to cover a wide area around the lower abdomen with sores that have a foul odor. Called also granuloma venereum.

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