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.
A chronic chlamydophila pneumoniae infection can be treated with antibiotics.
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]
- Chia, J K ; Chia, L Y Chronic Chlamydia pneumoniae Infection: A Treatable Cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Clinical infectious Diseases, August 1999, Vol.29(2), pp.452-3. DOI: 10.1086/520239
Learn more[edit | edit source]
- Dr. Stratton's original protocol
- CPN Help Website
- CPN Help: The Basics
- 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.
- CPN Help - Diagnosis Issues
- The Microimmunofluorescence Test for Chlamydia pneumoniae Infection: Technique and Interpretation
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