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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.
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(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
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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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So, after localization of the homes of patients, these were observed, and all the individuals with buboes were treated.
There have also been reports of LGV buboes in MSM that have not resolved clinically after treatment with doxycycline for 21 days.
One week later and my buboes have all but disappeared, although I'm none the wiser as to why they arrived in the first place.
For example, plague tracts, written mainly by university-trained doctors, referred primarily to spots, pustules, and multiple skin ulcerations, not to the localized swellings (buboes) evident in modern plague.
Only about a sixth of the contemporary sources studied by Cohn mention skin disorders ("spots" or boils), but large buboes, generally in the groin area where fleas bite, are the typical sign of modern plague.
The presence of bubonic plague is attested by the black swellings ("buboes") recorded as appearing on many of the victims.
The bubonic bacillus, Yersinia pestis, carried by flea vectors on rats and other fur-bearing rodent-like animals, upon infecting humans makes its way into the lymphatic system, causing the lymph nodes to bulge and form dark pustular buboes (hence our colloquial term boo-boo, used to describe childhood injuries).
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.