Anthony L. Komaroff, MD; William T. Branch Jr., MD; Mark D. Aronson, MD; Julius Schachter, PhD
To the Editor: In 1983 we reported serologic evidence indicating that chlamydial infection might be a reasonably common cause of pharyngitis (1). Some subsequent reports have supported this suggestion, whereas others have not. The recent report by Huovinen and colleagues (2) helps to clarify matters.
There are two relevant questions: Is chlamydial infection a cause of pharyngitis, and, if so, which chlamydial species cause pharyngitis? There is little evidence suggesting that conventional strains of Chlamydia psittaci are common causes of pharyngitis. As for C. trachomatis, a common cause of genital and respiratory infections in newborns, there have been many cases
Komaroff AL, Branch WT, Aronson MD, Schachter J. Chlamydial Pharyngitis. Ann Intern Med. 1989;111:537–538. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-6-537_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(6):537-538.
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