Chlamydia pneumoniae

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Chlamydia pneumoniae is an intracellular bacterium of the species Chlamydophila, and can infect via airborne transmission. It is a major cause of pneumonia.[1] It has been implicated as a potential cause of ME/CFS in a subset of patients. A study by Chia & Chia found that 10% of their patients had a chlamydia pneumoniae infection which may have caused or contributed to their ME/CFS.[2]

A chronic chlamydia pneumoniae infection can be treated with antibiotics.

Testing[edit]

Accurately testing for chlamydia pneumoniae can be difficult, therefore, a negative blood test may not mean you do not have a chlamydia pneumoniae infection. Additionally, there is a general shortage worldwide of facilities which can identify/diagnose Chlamydia pneumoniae.[3]. Common tests for chlamydia pneumoniae include the microimmunofluorescence (MIF) test[4] or via biopsy.

Treatment[edit]

A chlamydia pneumoniae infection, while an uncommon cause of ME/CFS, is one of the more treatable forms. Antibiotic treatment with azithromycin or rifampin can therefore improve or even cure patients. Chia & Chia found that while antibiotic treatment was successful in many patients, relapse was also common.[2] Some patients have reported recovery after being treated with Dr Stratton's original protocol. More information on treatment options can be found on CPN Help's Treatment Protocols page.

Notable studies[edit]

Learn more[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Chlamydia pneumoniae not caught like you thought
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chronic Chlamydia pneumoniae Infection: A Treatable Cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  3. CPN Help - Diagnosis Issues
  4. The Microimmunofluorescence Test for Chlamydia pneumoniae Infection: Technique and Interpretation


The information provided at this site is not intended to diagnose or treat any illness.

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