Chlamydia Pneumoniae Infection

  • Luigi Allegra
  • Francesco Blasi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Luigi Allegra
    Pages 1-2
  3. Jeanne Orfila
    Pages 3-9
  4. Francesco Blasi, Roberto Cosentini
    Pages 10-14
  5. Roberto Cosentini, Paolo Tarsia, Francesco Blasi
    Pages 15-21
  6. Francis P. V. Maesen, Benjamin I. Davies
    Pages 31-38
  7. Maija Leinonen, Aino Laurila, Kirsi Laitinen, Heljä M. Surcel
    Pages 39-50
  8. Pekka Saikku
    Pages 51-64
  9. Franco Denti, Luigi Allegra, Francesco Blasi
    Pages 76-81
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 86-90

About this book


A flood of data indicate the importance and the relevance in both respiratory and extrapulmonary disease of Chlamydia pneumoniae infection today. Antibody prevalence rates in Western countries reach 50% in the adult population and remain high in old age suggesting a high rate of reinfection. Chlamydia pneumoniae can cause upper respiratory tract infections, like pharyngitis and sinusitis as well as bronchitis and more than 10% of community-acquired pneumonia. Recent data suggest a possible association of Chlamydia pneumoniae infection with wheezing and adult-onset asthma. However, the most intriguing hypothesis pertains the possible association between Chlamydia pneumoniae infection and atherosclerosis.


Laboratory age antibody asthma atherosclerosis biology breathing diagnosis epidemiology infection infections microbiology pharmacokinetics pharmacology treatment

Editors and affiliations

  • Luigi Allegra
    • 1
  • Francesco Blasi
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MilanMilanItaly
  2. 2.Institute of Respiratory DiseasesUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

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