Identification of Chlamydia pneumoniae DNA in carotid plaques

F. Chierichetti, E. Arbustini, V. Arici, S. P. Moghadam, B. Conti, A. Bagliani

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Chlamydia pneumoniae (CP) is a bacterium that in recent years has been investigated as an etiologic agent for atherosclerosis. It is a ubiquitous microorganism that has been isolated in various regions of the vascular system and its prevalence is about 10% in the patient population. This study involved a group of 43 patients (27 men, 16 women, mean age 68 years) who underwent carotid endarterectomy. About 9.3% of the patients yielded plaques that tested positive for the DNA genome of Chlamydia pneumoniae.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)827-830
Number of pages4
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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