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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 4, Issue 3, Pages 143-148
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/S1064744996000312

Immune Consequences of Chlamydia Infections in Pregnancy and In Vitro Fertilization Outcome

Laboratoire de Biologie Médicale Magenta, 41 Boulevard de Magenta, Paris 75010, France

Received 15 September 1996; Accepted 1 October 1996

Copyright © 1996 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This review addresses the immune consequences of Chlamydial infections in pregnancy and in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcome. In pregnancy, many works have shown the risk for perterm labor, preterm birth, or miscarriage with current infection, and stress the need for screening and treatment early in pregnancy. IVF outcome needs to be studied in relation to specific markers like inflammatory cytokines and secretory antibodies to the 60 kD heat shock protein (hsp60) and to Chlamydia, to determine their ability to predict and influence pregnancy outcome.