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Chlamydia Trachomatis

by Carlo Raj, MD
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    Now we go into Chlamydia trachomatis. What is this? Obligate intracellular bacteria. That, you have to know. Some will consider this the number one sexually transmitted disease or infection. Whatever. Point is, it’s up there. And not to mention, whenever you take a sample, you’re going to do a G & C smear, aren’t you? G – gonorrhea. C – Chlamydia. The serotype that you want to know for this particular trachomatis will be D through K. May produce cervicitis, often follicular. Frequent cause of what’s known as pelvic inflammatory disease. When you have as pelvic inflammatory disease, this organism has now moved up into the fallopian tube. Uh-oh. Inflammation taking place. The next step any time after inflammation is going to be process of repair. Repair means what to you? Collagen and fibrosis. Oh, my goodness. I’m having fibrosis of the fallopian tube, correct? This is not good. For whom? Pregnancy, right? So later on, we’ll talk about pregnancy and abnormal implantation of the egg -- a fertilized egg, mind you – into the fallopian tube, diagnosis, please? Especially if she starts complaining of pain six weeks after her last menstrual period. Oh, my goodness. And there’s adnexal tenderness. Ectopic pregnancy. Keep all these in mind as we move forward. There’s something else with G&C that I’ll group together. It’s called Fitz-Hugh–Curtis, something that shows up quite often from micro, but I’ll talk to you about it when the time is right. ...

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    The lecture Chlamydia Trachomatis by Carlo Raj, MD is from the course Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).


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    1. A and B
    2. D and E
    3. F and G
    4. H and I
    5. J and K
    1. It is an obligate intracellular organism.
    2. It is gram positive.
    3. It has only one serotype.
    4. It does not cause PID.
    5. It is a rare cause of STD.

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     Carlo Raj, MD

    Carlo Raj, MD


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