Buruli ulcer

Common Name(s)

Buruli ulcer, Bairnsdale ulcer, Searls ulcer, Daintree ulcer

Buruli ulcer is a chronic (long-term) skin infection caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium ulcerans. This bacteria releases a harmful substance that weakens the body's immune system and causes tissue damage. Though it has been reported in 33 countries, it is most common in tropical and sub-tropical climates and especially in poor, rural regions in Africa. Buruli ulcers can affect any race, age or age but is most commonly found in children ages 5-15 except in Australia where the average age is over 50. Initially, symptoms typically include a painless bump usually with additional swelling around it. It can also present as widespread painless swelling of the arms and legs. As the infection progresses, the skin bumps (nodules) turn into an ulcer, which can be larger under the skin than is visible by the swelling. In the most severe cases, bone can be involved. Arms and legs are most common sites of infection.

It is not known how this disease is contracted or spread. Therefore, prevention measures are unknown aside from early detection and diagnosis. There are current theories under investigation that an insect may play a role in carrying the disease, but this is not confirmed. There are currently no vaccines for preventing this disease, but the Baccillus Calmette-Guerin vaccine might provide temporary protection. Diagnosis is typically based on the presence of ulcers and additional specialized testing. If the disease is detected early, antibiotic treatment is effective in most people; however, if left untreated, long-term disability is the norm. Medications frequently used for treatment include a combination of antibiotics. Depending on the severity, surgery might be the more appropriate option.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Buruli ulcer" returned 231 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Laboratory confirmation of Buruli ulcer cases in Ghana, 2008-2016.
 

Author(s): Dorothy Yeboah-Manu, Sammy Yaw Aboagye, Prince Asare, Adwoa Asante-Poku, Kobina Ampah, Emelia Danso, Evelyn Owusu-Mireku, Zuleihatu Nakobu, Edwin Ampadu

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Buruli ulcer (BU), a necrotizing skin infection caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans is the third most important mycobacterial disease globally after tuberculosis and leprosy in immune competent individuals. This study reports on the retrospective analyses of microbiologically confirmed ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Molecular detection of Mycobacterium ulcerans in the environment and its relationship with Buruli ulcer occurrence in Zio and Yoto districts of maritime region in Togo.
 

Author(s): Issaka Maman, Tchadjobo Tchacondo, Abiba Banla Kere, Marcus Beissner, Kossi Badziklou, Ekanao Tedihou, Edith Nyaku, Komi Amekuse, Franz Xaver Wiedemann, Damintoti Simplice Karou, Gisela Bretzel

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Buruli Ulcer (BU) is a neglected tropical skin infection caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. Residence near aquatic areas has been identified as an important source of transmission of M. ulcerans with increased risk of contracting Buruli ulcer. However, the reservoir and the mode of ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Microdeletion on chromosome 8p23.1 in a familial form of severe Buruli ulcer.
 

Author(s): Quentin B Vincent, Aziz Belkadi, Cindy Fayard, Estelle Marion, Ambroise Adeye, Marie-Françoise Ardant, Christian R Johnson, Didier Agossadou, Lazaro Lorenzo, Julien Guergnon, Christine Bole-Feysot, Jeremy Manry, Patrick Nitschké, Ioannis Theodorou, Jean-Laurent Casanova, Laurent Marsollier, Annick Chauty, Laurent Abel, Alexandre Alcaïs,

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Buruli ulcer (BU), the third most frequent mycobacteriosis worldwide, is a neglected tropical disease caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. We report the clinical description and extensive genetic analysis of a consanguineous family from Benin comprising two cases of unusually severe ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Buruli ulcer" returned 11 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Global and local environmental changes as drivers of Buruli ulcer emergence.
 

Author(s): Marine Combe, Camilla Jensen Velvin, Aaron Morris, Andres Garchitorena, Kevin Carolan, Daniel Sanhueza, Benjamin Roche, Pierre Couppié, Jean-François Guégan, Rodolphe Elie Gozlan

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Many emerging infectious diseases are caused by generalist pathogens that infect and transmit via multiple host species with multiple dissemination routes, thus confounding the understanding of pathogen transmission pathways from wildlife reservoirs to humans. The emergence of these ...

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Chronic cutaneous mycobacterial ulcers due to Mycobacterium ulcerans (Buruli ulcer): the first indigenous case report from Jordan and a literature review.
 

Author(s): Jamal Wadi Al Ramahi, Hassan Annab, Mutaz Al Karmi, Basel Kirresh, Mahmoud Wreikat, Rami Batarseh, Muhannad Yacoub, Mais Kaderi

Journal: Int. J. Infect. Dis.. 2017 May;58():77-81.

 

Buruli ulcer is the third most common mycobacterial infection worldwide. It is endemic in tropical, subtropical, and temperate climates. It causes devastating disease with morbidity and mortality. The treatment duration is long and the regimens considered are limited. Chronic cutaneous ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Recent advances: role of mycolactone in the pathogenesis and monitoring of Mycobacterium ulcerans infection/Buruli ulcer disease.
 

Author(s): Fred Stephen Sarfo, Richard Phillips, Mark Wansbrough-Jones, Rachel E Simmonds

Journal: Cell. Microbiol.. 2016 Jan;18(1):17-29.

 

Infection of subcutaneous tissue with Mycobacterium ulcerans can lead to chronic skin ulceration known as Buruli ulcer. The pathogenesis of this neglected tropical disease is dependent on a lipid-like toxin, mycolactone, which diffuses through tissue away from the infecting organisms. ...

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