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Abbreviation for lymphogranuloma venereum.


abbreviation for lymphogranuloma venereum.


Lymphogranuloma venereum, see there.

lymphogranuloma venereum

(vi-nir'e-um) [ L. venereus, pert. to Venus],


A sexually transmitted disease, affecting about 300 patients per year in the U.S., caused by Chlamydia species. It has an incubation period of about 3 to 30 days. Its hallmarks are a painless, red erosion on the genitals or rectum, followed 1 to 2 weeks later by inguinal lymph node enlargement (historically called “buboes”). These may cause fistulous tracts or obstruct lymphatic channels if the infection is left untreated. Perirectal lymph nodes may scar and produce late rectal obstruction. Tetracyclines cure the disease in its initial stages but do not resolve complications brought on by scarring or lymphatic obstruction. Synonym: lymphogranuloma inguinale; lymphopathia venereum See: pelvic inflammatory disease; sexually transmitted disease


Because up to 75% of women and 50% of men have no symptoms, patients do not know they have the disease, continue to spread it, and develop more severe infection. Symptomatic patients may develop ulcerating vesicles on the genitals, urethral inflammation, abdominal pain, and swollen lymph nodes in the groin and rectum; men often have swollen testicles. Approx 40% of women develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), leading to chronic pain, infertility, and an increased risk of having a tubal pregnancy.

The CDC recommends that all sexually active women under 20 years old be screened yearly for Chlamydia; sexually active women over 20 with multiple sex partners who do not use condoms also should be screened yearly. The infection is diagnosed using fluorescent anti-Chlamydia antibodies. Women, rather than men, are targeted for screening because of their increased use of health care and the risk of developing PID associated with this disease.


The disease can be treated effectively with a 3-week course of doxycycline; erythromycin is used for pregnant women. Recurrent infection is common if barrier contraception is not used during intercourse.

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The LGV arrived on the scene at the precise moment when conventional recoiling spring-piston target rifles began to be upstaged by fancy new recoilless models such as Feinwerkbau's legendary Model 150 and Anschiitz's oil-dampened Model 250.
The LGV recoils: so even though it was the smoothest spring rifle on the market at the time, its days were numbered.
One thing Walther did put on the LGV that separated it from some other target rifles of the same period was a barrel lock.
The LGV also had two steel pads--one on either side of the baseblock that holds the barrel.
As it passed from the world stage, the LGV entered into its second life--that of a prized vintage target rifle that the average guy could afford.
But the LGV was affordable because thousands of good used guns were coming on the market from competitors and clubs switching to the newer technologies.
My first encounter with an LGV was when I bought an Olympia to test for the airgun newsletter I used to publish.
And that was when I first discovered that the LGV Olympia was the lightest-cocking spring rifle I'd ever tested.
The trigger of the LGV is an adjustable two-stage target unit that breaks cleanly at between about 6 and 14 ounces, depending on the adjustment.
Both the Weihrauch HW 55 and Walther LGV had the ability to win championships, even in the presence of the newer crop of recoilless wonders such as the FWB 300 and Anschutz 250.
By the late 1960s, the LGV could no longer compete against the recoilless target air rifles and soon fell from grace.
The older models, which included the LGV, fell out of favor among competitors and began selling on the vintage airgun market.