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Chlamydia (cont.)

Chlamydia Prognosis

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

REFERENCES:

eMedicine.com. Chlamydia.
<http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/789188-overview>

CDC.gov. Chlamydia - CDC Fact Sheet.
<http://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/STDFact-Chlamydia.htm>

Previous contributing editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor III, MD, Vice-Chief, Compliance Officer, Attending Physician Emergency Medicine Residency, Department of Emergency Medicine, Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, University of South Carolina.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/21/2014

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