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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 69  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 394--395

Chlamydia trachomatis seropositivity during pregnancy


Departments of Dermatology & STD and Pathology & Immunology, Command Hospital (EC), Kolkata - 700027, India

Correspondence Address:
M P Sawhney
Base Hospital, Barrackpore - 700120
India
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PMID: 17642949

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BACKGROUND: Chlamydia trachomatis infection in pregnant women can lead to serious maternal/neonatal antenatal or postnatal complications. The aim of this study was to find out the quantum of this problem in antenatal cases of Command Hospital, Kolkata. METHODS: Antibodies to C. trachomatis by ELISA method were tested in sera of 24 pregnant women and 10 nonpregnant controls. RESULTS: Five (20.83%) and 3 (12.5%) were positive and borderline positive for IgM and 1 (4.17%) and 2 (8.33%) were positive and borderline positive respectively for IgG antibodies i.e. an overall positivity of 45.83%. Only 1 (10%) of the controls was positive for IgA antibodies. CONCLUSIONS: This study highlights the importance of performing this simple blood test for detecting C. trachomatis infection in antenatal cases, to treat the infected and prevent the complications.






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