Chlamydia pneumoniae is a bacterium and can cause infections of the respiratory tract in humans. Most infections are asymptomatic or mild. Complaints can be general illness, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, sore throat with hoarseness, cough that can sometimes last up to six weeks. In frail elderly and people who have a reduced resistance (immune suppressive) the infection can be more serious and cause severe pneumonia.
There is a difference when chlamydia pneumoniae affects the upper of the lower airways. The development of an infection of the upper respiratory tract which can lead to complaints such as fatigue, fever, sore throat and headache. When chlamydia pneumoniae affects the lower respiratory tract, it can lead to bronchitis and pneumonia. With prolonged infection, chlamydia pneumoniae can spread to inflammation of the larynx. It can take 3 to 4 weeks for the images to appear in contact with the bacteria
A Chlamydia pneumoniae infection can be diagnosed with serology or with a PCR assay. For severe infections, the diagnosis is usually made in the acute phase with a PCR determination performed on sputum or a deep throat swab. Serology is performed on a serum taken in the acute phase and a second serum taken 4-6 weeks after the first serum.
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