Int J STD AIDS. 1997 May;8(5):329-31. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE
To find what proportion of women with endocervical Chlamydia trachomatis
infection had asymptomatic infection of the upper genital tract, 10
women with neither gonorrhoea nor signs, symptoms or a past history of
pelvic inflammatory disease were laparoscoped. Swabs from the fimbriae
and pouch of Douglas were tested for C. trachomatis by tissue culture,
enzyme immunoassay, direct fluorescent antibody and polymerase chain
reaction techniques. Four of the women had an upper genital tract
chlamydial infection. Neither laparoscopic appearances, menstrual phase,
interval since last intercourse, partner change nor other coincidental
genital infection was associated with the upper genital tract spread.
These findings suggest that careful investigation, immediate treatment
and contact tracing are mandatory when asymptomatic endocervical
chlamydial infection is discovered.
*Chlamydia trachomatis/ISOLATION & PURIF *Chlamydia
Infections/MICROBIOLOGY *Genital Diseases, Female/MICROBIOLOGY