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Severe <i>Chlamydia pneumoniae</i> Infection in Patients with Neutropenia: Case Reports and Literature Review

M. Heinemann, W. V. Kern, D. Bunjes, R. Marre and A. Essig

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 31, issue 1, pages 181-184
Published in print July 2000 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 2000 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/313905
Severe Chlamydia pneumoniae Infection in Patients with Neutropenia: Case Reports and Literature Review

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Three cases of life-threatening C. pneumoniae infection in patients with acute leukemia and treatment-induced neutropenia are described. Diagnosis was made on the basis of the detection of C. pneumoniae-DNA, complemented by serology. The role of the widely distributed respiratory tract pathogen C. pneumoniae in febrile neutropenia is poorly understood, and studies are needed to estimate the frequency of severe pulmonary infection caused by this agent in patients with neutropenia.

Journal Article.  2297 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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