Chronic Chlamydia pneumoniae Infections

  • Pekka Saikku


Chronic infections are the most important form of chlamydial infections. Moreover, as the average lifetime increases the importance of chronic infections and associated late sequalae also rises. In C. trachomatis infections it can take decades before blindness develops in trachoma, important symptoms of lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) are only seen after years of disease progression, and an episode of male nongonococcal urethritis may sometimes suggest a woman in danger of developing ectopic pregnancy and infertility due to a chronic silent pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) [48]. The discovery of C. pneumoniae, an extremely common Chlamydia which readily invades the lung, prompted a study on the possibility of a chronic involvement of this organ. Through the lungs a pathogen has an easy opportunity for further dissemination inside the body, and C. pneumoniae has also been associated with non respiratory chronic diseases.


Acute Myocardial Infarction Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chlamydia Trachomatis Chlamydial Infection Reactive Arthritis 
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