MJA Podcast: Pitfalls diagnosing Buruli ulcer, with A/Prof D. O'Brien


Mycobacterium ulcerans causes an infectious disease known internationally as Buruli ulcer, and also as Bairnsdale ulcer or Daintree ulcer in Australia. 

Understanding risk factors is key to defining the source and transmission route of Mycobacterium ulcerans, causing severe destructive lesions of skin and soft tissue, resulting in significant morbidity, in attributable mortality and often in long term disability and cosmetic deformity.

Associate Professor Daniel O'Brien is an infectious diseases specialist with Barwon Health in Geelong and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He discusses the pitfalls in diagnosing early presentations of Buruli ulcer with MJA news and online editor, Cate Swannell.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn about the prevalence and diagnosis of Buruli ulcer 
  2. Explain why it is important not to disregard an initial negative test result
  3. Name and elaborate on treatment option and most likely outcomes


Accreditation: Self-directed

Duration: 20 minutes

Podcast: Vol 210, Issue 7: 8 April 2019


Medical Journal of Australia
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MBA: 0h : 20m
Infectious Diseases
Medical Practitioner, Medical Student, Doctor-in-Training, Non-Vocationally Registered, Nurse / Midwife, Pharmacist, Podiatrist, Retired, Specialist - Other, Specialist General Practitioner

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