Chlamydophila pneumoniae (until recently known as Chlamydia pneumoniae, or CPN) is an intracellular bacterium of the species Chlamydophila, and can infect people via airborne transmission. It is a major cause of community-acquired pneumonia. 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 chlamydophila pneumoniae infection which may have caused or contributed to their ME/CFS.
Testing[edit | edit source]
Accurately testing for chlamydophila pneumoniae can be difficult, therefore, a negative blood test may not mean you do not have an infection. Additionally, there is a general shortage worldwide of facilities which can identify/diagnose Chlamydophila pneumoniae. Common tests for chlamydophila pneumoniae include the microimmunofluorescence (MIF) test or via biopsy.
Treatment[edit | edit source]
A chlamydophila 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. 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 | edit source]
- 1999, Chia, J K ; Chia, L Y. Chronic Chlamydia pneumoniae Infection: A Treatable Cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - (Article)
Learn more[edit | edit source]
- CPN Help Website
- John E. Tovey: Chlamydia pneumoniae infection a treatable cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Response (BMJ)
References[edit | edit source]
- Chlamydia pneumoniae not caught like you thought
- Chia, J. K.; Chia, L. Y. (Aug 1999). "Chronic Chlamydia pneumoniae infection: a treatable cause of chronic fatigue syndrome". Clinical Infectious Diseases. 29 (2): 452–453. doi:10.1086/520239. ISSN 1058-4838. PMID 10476765.
- Tovey, John E. (Oct 2007). "Chlamydia pneumoniae infection a treatable cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". BMJ.
- "Diagnosis Issues | Cpnhelp.org". cpnhelp.org. Retrieved Jan 28, 2020.
- Wang, San-pin (Jun 2000). "The Microimmunofluorescence Test for Chlamydia pneumoniae Infection: Technique and Interpretation". The Journal of Infectious Diseases. 181 (Supplement 3): S421–S425. doi:10.1086/315622.
- "Astrodiana's story: Cure from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Dr. Stratton's original protocol | Cpnhelp.org". cpnhelp.org. Retrieved Jan 28, 2020.
- "Treatment Protocols | Cpnhelp.org". cpnhelp.org. Retrieved Jan 28, 2020.
- Chia, John K. S.; Chia, Laura Y. (Aug 1999). "Chronic Chlamydia pneumoniae Infection: A Treatable Cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Clinical Infectious Diseases. 29 (2): 452–453. doi:10.1086/520239. ISSN 1058-4838.
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A fatigue-based illness. The term CFS was invented invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an replacement for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Some view CFS as a neurological disease, others use the term for any unexplained long-term fatigue. Sometimes used as a the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, despite the different diagnostic criteria.