Can acute Chlamydia pneumoniae infection initiate chronic asthma? / 30

Hahn DL, McDonald R.
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 1998; 81:339-344***

This ten-year prospective primary care study is the first to document that acute C. pneumoniae infections can cause acute wheezing illnesses (asthmatic bronchitis, pneumonia) that develop into chronic asthma or chronic bronchitis.

The evidence also strongly suggests the presence of ongoing infection as shown by sputum culture positivity and/or long-lasting symptom improvement following antibiotic treatments (see Reference #19).

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