Journal article

Mycolactones and Mycobacterium ulcerans disease

TS van der Werf, T Stinear, Y Stienstra, WTA van der Graaf, PL Small

LANCET | LANCET LTD | Published : 2003

Abstract

CONTEXT: Mycobacterium ulcerans causes devastating necrotic lesions in affected individuals. The disease, commonly called Buruli ulcer, is increasing in prevalance in western African countries. Treatment is mainly surgical; no clinical trials have been done to support the use of antimycobacterial drugs. A secreted polyketide toxin, mycolactone, is responsible for the tissue damage; its chemical structure has been elucidated. STARTING POINT: Although the main treatment is surgical, many patients with Buruli ulcer present late because of unusual beliefs about the disease and its treatment. Isabelle Aujoulat and colleagues recently showed, in a study in southern Bénin, Africa (Trop Med Int Heal..

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