Journal Article

What's in a name? Ulcerans disease: Infections due to Mycobacterium ulcerans

Anthony J. Radford

in Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Published on behalf of Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Volume 103, issue 10, pages 979-980
Published in print October 2009 | ISSN: 0035-9203
Published online October 2009 | e-ISSN: 1878-3503 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.trstmh.2008.12.009
What's in a name? Ulcerans disease: Infections due to Mycobacterium ulcerans

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Lesions due to Mycobacterium ulcerans infection may have more synonyms and eponyms than any other disease. New diseases are named for the person who discovered them, from the place from which they were first described or some major clinical feature. ‘Buruli ulcer’, the name by which the disease is most frequently known, is none of these. Classically, the disease presents as extensive, undermined ulcers, first described by Searls from Bairnsdale in southeastern Australia, names that gave the disease its two eponyms. A case is made for the term ‘Buruli ulcer’ to be dropped from the medical literature and the disease to be known as ‘ulcerans disease’ or simply ‘ulcerans’.

Keywords: Mycobacterium ulcerans; Ulcerans infections; Nomenclature; Buruli ulcer

Journal Article.  1089 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Medicine ; Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Medical Microbiology and Virology ; Public Health and Epidemiology

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