• Albert John Phillips
Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)


Chlamydia trachomatis is the most commonly reported infectious disease in the United States. The chapter explores in depth the essential elements of this unique organism and its clinical presentation. The practicing clinician must be well-versed in the multiple manifestations of the infectious diseases of C. trachomatis. Though infections are generally seen in younger, sexually active patients, the organism can affect both sexes and even the newborn. Included is a complete clinical description of the many ways chlamydial infections can present. How to test for the infection and make a diagnosis is included. A compelling argument is made for screening in certain populations because chlamydia can be asymptomatic. Untreated infection will cause long-term morbidity, especially in women. Treatment by specific antibiotics generally is well tolerated and provides excellent cure rates. A reference for which antibiotic and dose for each of the clinical situations is included to aid the clinician in choosing the optimal treatment.


Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Chronic Prostatitis Direct Fluorescent Antibody False Positive Test Result Ligase Chain Reaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Obstetrics & Gynecology, Keck School of MedicineUniversity of Southern CaliforniaSanta MonicaUSA

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