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Chlamydia trachomatis is known as a cause of female and male genital tract infections. It is responsible for a high frequency of asymptomatic infections which may be followed by serious chronic sequelae such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), cervicitis and salpingitis in women, prostatitis and epididymitis in men and infertility in both genders.
It has been found that the 35-50% of women with PID and 22-34% of men with prostatitis can develop the irritable bowel syndrome, a chronic disorder of the digestive tract which is characterized by a multifactorial aetiology including infectious factors.
Based on the implications of C. trachomatis chronic infection, it has been hypothesized that this microorganism could infect and survive within the intestinal epithelium. Thus, the aim of our study will be to evaluate the presence of C. trachomatis in intestinal biopsy specimens as well as in intestinal mucous samples the detection of mucosal anti- C. trachomatis antibodies.
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