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The possible association between Chlamydia pneumoniae infection and asthma.

Authors: Haider Ahmed Shemran --- Haider S. Kadhim --- Mahmood Sh. Al-Zaidi
Journal: Journal of the Faculty of Medicine مجلة كلية الطب ISSN: 00419419 / 24108057 Year: 2010 Volume: 52 Issue: 3 Pages: 316-317
Publisher: Baghdad University جامعة بغداد


Background: Many etiological factors have been implicated in the pathogenesis of Asthma like; viruses, bacteria and Chlamydia pneumoniae. This study focuses on the role of Chlamydia pneumoniae in asthma pathogenesis.Patients and Methods: The detection of Anti-Chlamydia pneumoniae antibodies IgA, IgM and IgG in patients by ELISA, for 35 patients, 18 asthmatic patients, 12 patients with chest infection with no history of asthma, and 5 apparently healthy as control subjects.
Results: The results showed that 80% and 70% of the patients were negative for anti- Chlamydia pneumonia antibodies IgA and IgM respectively, while significantly (p<0.05) high number (73%) of patients were positive for IgG, of which significant number (p<0.05) of them, 63% were asthmatic and 36% were non-asthmatic chest infection.
Conclusion: this study may support the association between Chlamydia pneumoniae and asthma.

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