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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 319-323

Detection of chlamydia trachomatis infection among the pregnant women attending a tertiary care hospital in Kerala - South India by polymerase chain reaction


1 Department of Microbiology, Azeezia Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Kollam, Kerala, India
2 Department of Microbiology, SR Medical College and Research Foundation, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. A Neena
Department of Microbiology, Azeezia Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Kollam - 691 537, Kerala
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijmm.IJMM_19_429

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Background: Chlamydia trachomatis infection is the most prevalent bacterial sexually transmitted infection and may influence pregnancy outcome. Aims and Objectives: This study was conducted to assess Chlamydial infection during pregnancy by PCR. Materials and Methods: Study group consists of patients who are attending the antenatal clinics. Endocervical swabs were collected from 300 patients. Results: Off the 300 samples tested, 29 were positive as per PCR which used CT F : 5' CGT GTC GGC AAT CCT GCT GAT 3' and CT R : 5' GTC GAT AAC ATA GTC ACG ATA GTC 3'as the primers. Conclusion: This suggests there is a prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis in our population which is 10%. Hence, it should be noted as a significant public health problem especially among sexually active young women of child bearing age. Timely detection and prompt treatment of Chlamydial infection during pregnancy can eliminate its adverse outcomes.






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