Timely diagnosis of acute Chlamydia pneumoniae infection using “real-time” polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing / 54

Hahn DL, Hester JD
In: Deák J, ed. Proceedings of the Fifth Meeting of the European Society for Chlamydia Research. Budapest, Hungary: Pauker, ISBN 963 482 666 0, 2004; 93**
A report on rapid diagnosis of a family outbreak of acute C. pneumoniae infections by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing in a primary care setting. Acute C. pneumoniae infections are under-recognized and under-treated due to lack of availability of rapid and reliable tests.

Fortunately, there is interest in developing such tests. Unfortunately, testing of respiratory secretions is probably not going to be very sensitive for detection of chronic lung infections.

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