detect Chlamydia antigens

Nonculture tests can detect Chlamydia antigens

DIAGNOSIS   Cell cultures are the gold standard as specificity approaches 100%. This is essential for medical—legal situations. Nonculture tests can detect Chlamydia antigens with 97% to 99% specificity. Direct fluorescent antibody (Micro Trak) Enzyme…



Bartholinitis of chlamydial infections

Bartholinitis: 33% of chlamydial infections

LOWER GENITAL TRACT INFECTION   May often be asymptomatic and progress to upper genital tract disease Bartholinitis: 33% of chlamydial infections Endocervicitis: most common Mucopurulent cervicitis Specific for most nonciliated columnar or cuboidal epithelia (i.e.,…


Chlamydia is caused by Chlamydia trachomatis

Chlamydia is caused by Chlamydia trachomatis

Chlamydia ETIOLOGY   Chlamydia is caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, an obligate intracellular parasite with 15 different serotypes.   The chlamydial organism has two forms. Elementary body (infectious): serotypes LI, L2, L3: lymphogranuloma venereum A, B,…