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Gynecol Obstet Invest. 2012;73(4):299-303. doi: 10.1159/000334822. Epub 2012 Mar 29.

Hospital-diagnosed late sequelae after female Chlamydia trachomatis infections in 1990-2006 in Turku, Finland.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland. outi.kortekangas-savolainen@utu.fi

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Rather little is known about the late sequelae of previously detected female Chlamydia infections.

METHODS:

The late sequelae of previous female Chlamydia infections detected during a 15-year period in a south-western Finnish university hospital were surveyed. Hospital records of women with positive laboratory diagnoses of Chlamydia trachomatis as a sign of genital infection were collected from the years 1990-2006 and subsequently linked to known or suspected in-hospital-treated late Chlamydia complications.

RESULTS:

The annual number of late complications has increased in proportion to the increasing trend of detected Chlamydia cases. 239 late complications of the total of 4,920 previously detected Chlamydia-positive infections were observed. The most frequent in-hospital-treated complications were disturbances in early pregnancy (n = 72) and low abdominal pain (n = 67). The others were 45 genital tract or pelvic infections, 34 cases of tubal or unknown infertility and 21 complications of late pregnancy and delivery.

CONCLUSION:

The late sequelae of Chlamydia infections need increasing attention in hospitals.

Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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