Burulli Ulcer Diseases


This resource comprises of interactive videos, notes and questions on the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and management of Buruli Ulcer Disease.

Author(s): Richard O. PhillipsView Details of Author
Year: 2009
Keywords: burulli ulcer, ulcer
Licensing Condition:


This license allows open use of the content in the course for educational purposes, provided that attribution is made to the original source of the material.

The content may be reused and mixed to create new educational content with this proviso and with the two following stipulations:

  1. The content may not be used for commercial purposes, and
  2. The content may not appear under a license that is more restrictive to users than this one. For additional information concerning this license, see http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/


© 2009, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.




Any medical information in this material is intended to inform and to educate and is not a tool for self-diagnosis or a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional. You should speak to your physician or make an appointment to be seen if you have questions or concerns about this information or your medical condition.


Viewer discretion is advised: The educational material contained herein may contain medical images that non-professional viewers may find disturbing.


The patients who appear in this programme freely gave their consent for the authors to use their images for educational purposes. Where real patients were filmed or photographed, we have not shown their faces or other identifiable features.




This site is intended for medical students, doctors in practice, and anyone who delivers health care and wants to understand the nature and scope of this disease better.


The program instructs on the following topics:

  1. The origin and pathogenesis of M. ulcerans disease
  2. The geographic distribution of the disease
  3. The common clinical presentations of the disease
  4. Laboratory diagnosis with video demonstrations of methods for obtaining samples
  5. Ulcer care and dressing
  6. Management of problems associated with treatment of M. ulcerans infection




After completing this program, medical practitioners should be able to:

  1. recognize the clinical presentations of Buruli ulcer disease
  2. obtain samples for diagnostic confirmation; and
  3. manage therapy, including referral for surgery when necessary





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Principle Content Expert:

Richard O. Phillips, MB, ChB, PhD

Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medical Sciences,

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology,

Kumasi, Ghana





Dr Stephen Sarfo,

Department of Internal Medicine,

Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital,

Kumasi, Ghana






Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon:

Emmanuel Adu, FWACS, FGCS

Department of Surgery,

School of Medicine Sciences,

Kwame Nkrumah University of Scince & Technology,

Kumasi, Ghana




Video Production and Web Design:




Cary Engleberg, M.D.

Professor of Internal Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology,

University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI





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Artist & Media Specialist,

Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital,

Kumasi, Ghana





The authors acknowledge the assistance of Mr. Adam Rahman, College of Art, KNUST.

The authors thank the patients who participated in the production of this video and gave their consent to be included.




This programme was produced with support from the following: