Treated with antibiotics, chlamydial infections can be cured most of the time.
Complications of untreated chlamydia include:
- A significant number of women will develop pelvic inflammatory disease;
- Some women with pelvic inflammatory disease will develop a form of liver disease (perihepatitis).
- Women may develop chronic pelvic pain and become sterile due to blockage of the Fallopian tubes that allow the egg to be transported from the ovary to the women's womb.
- More common in men, some may develop sexually acquired reactive arthritis or Reiter syndrome.
- Men may experience painful swelling of the testicles.
Medically reviewed by Rambod Rouhbakhsh, M.D., MBA, FAAFP; American Board of Family Medicine
Last Editorial Review: 5/21/2014
CDC.gov. Chlamydia - CDC Fact Sheet.
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Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research
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