Demonstration of Chlamydia pneumoniae in the walls of abdominal aortic aneurysms.

  title={Demonstration of Chlamydia pneumoniae in the walls of abdominal aortic aneurysms.},
  author={Jukka Juvonen and Tatu Juvonen and Aino Laurila and Hannu Alak{\"a}rpp{\"a} and Kari Lounatmaa and Helj{\"a} Marja Surcel and Maija Leinonen and Matti I. Kairaluoma and Pekka Saikku},
  journal={Journal of vascular surgery},
  volume={25 3},
BACKGROUND Seroepidemiologic studies have indicated an association between chronic Chlamydia pneumoniae infection and coronary heart disease. The organism, which is a common respiratory pathogen, has been demonstrated in atherosclerotic lesions of the aorta and coronary arteries. Abdominal aortic aneurysms are frequently associated with atherosclerosis, and inflammation may actually be an important factor in aneurysmal dilatation. Hence it could be assumed that C. pneumoniae may play a role in… CONTINUE READING


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