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Title: Chlamydia trachomatis infection in patients attending an Early Pregnancy Unit: prevalence, symptoms, pregnancy location and viability
Authors: Kirk, Emma ×
Bora, Shabana
Van Calster, Ben
Condous, George
Van Huffel, Sabine
Timmerman, Dirk
Bourne, Tom #
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Munksgaard
Series Title: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica vol:87 issue:6 pages:601-607
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis and its relationship to age, ethnicity, symptomatology, pregnancy location and viability in women attending an Early Pregnancy Unit. METHOD: Women were offered screening for Chlamydia over a 4-month period. Presenting complaints, maternal age, ethnic origin, gestational age, pregnancy location, pregnancy viability and swab results were recorded. RESULTS: One thousand, one hundred and one women were offered screening. Nine hundred and sixteen (83.2%) agreed to participate. Eight hundred and six (88.0%) had readable swabs. The prevalence of Chlamydia was 2.2% (95% CI: 1.4-3.5) (18/806). The prevalence in those <25 years of age was 8.7% (95% CI: 5.1-14.3). Prevalence was higher in black women compared to Asian or Caucasian women. The prevalence of Chlamydia in symptomatic and asymptomatic women was 2.3% (12/521) and 2.1% (6/285), respectively, p>0.166. There was no significant difference in the final early pregnancy outcome in women with or without Chlamydia. CONCLUSION: Currently Chlamydia screening is not advised in Early Pregnancy Units as the women are thought to be of low risk; however, there are subgroups that are at relatively high risk. Screening this population is therefore important. There is, however, no difference in pregnancy location and viability in women with or without Chlamydia.
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ISSN: 0001-6349
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Basic Research in Gynaecology Section (-)
Gynaecological Imaging Section (-)
ESAT - STADIUS, Stadius Centre for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing and Data Analytics
Screening, Diagnostics and Biomarkers (-)
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