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Research Article

Chlamydia trachomatis as possible cause of peritonitis and perihepatitis in young women.

Br Med J 1978; 1 doi: (Published 22 April 1978) Cite this as: Br Med J 1978;1:1022
  1. J W Müller-Schoop,
  2. S P Wang,
  3. J Munzinger,
  4. H U Schläpfer,
  5. M Knoblauch,
  6. R W Tammann


    Of 11 young women with acute peritonitis proved by laparoscopy, seven of whom also had perihepatitis, nine had serological evidence of recent infection with Chlamydia trachomatis; In five of these nine patients high antibody titres to chlamydiae were found without laboratory evidence of gonococcal infection, while the other four had evidence of simultaneous gonococcal infection. C trachomatis may play an important part in peritoneal inflammation previously attributed only to gonococci.