Chlamydophila pneumoniae

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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.[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 chlamydophila pneumoniae infection which may have caused or contributed to their ME/CFS.[2]

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.[3]. Common tests for chlamydophila pneumoniae include the microimmunofluorescence (MIF) test[4] 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.[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 | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

Myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome

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