121092 - Identifying and managing Buruli ulcer
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Buruli ulcer (BU; also called ‘Bairnsdale ulcer’ in Victoria and ‘Daintree ulcer’ in north Queensland) is a disease of skin and soft tissue caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. This environmental pathogen produces a locally destructive toxin with the potential to leave sufferers scarred and disabled.
It is only acquired in specific geographical areas and can occur in visitors who spend less than a day in an endemic area.
This activity looks at identifying individuals at risk of Mycobacterium ulcerans infection; describing the presenting features of BU and findings that distinguish it from other skin lesions; and discussing management principles of BU.
BU can mimic other more common conditions, resulting in diagnostic challenges and delay. This in turn can lead to significant adverse outcomes, including severe and disfiguring disease, as the production of a locally active toxin causes destruction of skin and soft tissues.
The exact mode of transmission is unclear. All Australian GPs need to be aware of the condition and the current areas where BU occurs