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 [bu´bo] (pl. bu´boes)
a tender, enlarged, and inflamed lymph node, particularly in the axilla or groin, resulting from absorption of infective material and occurring in various diseases, such as lymphogranuloma venereum, plague, syphilis, gonorrhea, chancroid, and tuberculosis.


(boo'bo) plural.buboes [Gr. boubon, groin, swollen gland]
An inflamed, swollen, or enlarged lymph node often exhibiting suppuration, occurring commonly after infective disease due to absorption of infective material. The nodes most commonly affected are those of the groin and axilla.

axillary bubo

A bubo in the armpit.

indolent bubo

A bubo in which suppuration does not occur.

inguinal bubo

A bubo in the region of the groin.
Synonym: buboadenitis

venereal bubo

A bubo resulting from a venereal disease.
See: lymphogranuloma venereum


Smooth, oval, reddened, and very painful swellings in the armpits, groin, or neck that occur as a result of infection with the plague.
Mentioned in: Plague
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The most obvious symptom is swelling of the lymphatic glands nearest the point of the infected bite or skin lesion into large, hard and painful tumors called buboes.
Diagnosis is confirmed by culture and identification of the causative organism from fluid aspirated from buboes, blood, CSF, sputum or throat swab.
However, several case reports have described doxycycline failing to cure LGV in MSM despite 21 days of therapy, including cases of LGV buboes and rectal LGV (18-21).
Characterised by buboes (large swellings in the lymph nodes) and high fever, it is thought four out of five who contracted the plague died within eight days.
Plague bacteria can break out of the buboes and be carried by the blood stream to the lungs and cause a variant of plague that is spread by contaminated droplets from the cough of patients (pneumonic plague).
Later, it officially became known as the bubonic plague, after the buboes, or lumps that erupted on victims' skin.
Although some of the depositions mention buboes, the lymph node swellings characteristic of (but not unique to) bubonic plague, the most common "signs of the plague" were lenticulae (freckles) or pestilentialis punturae (pestilential points) - in other words, darkish points or pustules covering large areas of the body.