About Chlamydia pneumoniae

Available Tests for Chlamydia pneumoniae

EliSpot

Chlamydia pneumoniae Elispot
(CPDA tube)

Antibodies

Chlamydia pneumoniae-IgA and Chlamydia pneumoniae-IgG antibodies
(Serum tube)

PCR

Chlamydia pneumoniae-PCR in blood
(2 x EDTA tube or sputum, pharyngeal secretion)

Bacteria:

Chlamydophila pneumoniae (gram-negative, intracellular)

Vector / Transmission:

airborne infection, human to human, ticks (not evidenced; possibly reactivated in Lyme disease)

Hosts:

horses, koalas, frogs are infected

Symptoms:

cough, slight throat pain, hoarseness, sinusitis, atypical pneumonia, meningoencephalitis, bronchiolitis obliterans, myocarditis, Guillain-Barre-Syndrom

after infection (4-6 weeks):

arthritis (reactive, undifferentiated), tendovaginitis

Associations:

e.g. Morbus Alzheimer, Multiple Sclerosis, Depressions, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), heart attacks, Acute Ischemic Stroke (AIS), arteriosclerosis, Autism, Parkinsonism, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma

Risk factors:

immune suppression (children/older people)