Evidence for Chlamydia pneumoniae Infection in Asthma

  • David L. Hahn


According to the British Thoracic Society, “asthma is a common and chronic inflammatory condition of the airways whose cause is not completely understood” [1]. Two important clinical characteristics of asthma are: 1) reversible airway obstruction, usually manifested by complaints of episodic cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness, and 2) bronchial hyperreactivity to a variety of stimuli including aeroallergens, irritants, cold air, exercize and respiratory infections which can exacerbate or trigger asthma symptoms in susceptible individuals [2]. Asthma is a common medical condition affecting approximately 5–10% of children and adults worldwide [3] and is an important cause of morbidity in all age groups and mortality especially in the elderly [4].


Asthma Patient Chlamydial Infection Chronic Asthma Acute Respiratory Illness British Thoracic Society 
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