by catherine (2832 Posts), Tue Mar 01, 2005 07:35 am
It has been observed that nearly everyone seroconverts (indicating exposure) to C. pneumoniae by age 5. Thus it would not be surprising to find a range of reactive titers in women of childbearing age. Consequently, it would be extremely difficult to demonstrate a tight association with active C. pneumoniae infection and an episode of preeclampsia. Obviously, an enormous amount of work (and a prospective study) would be needed to confirm these observations.
I don't know how many female chlamydia researchers have had preeclampsia, apart from myself [;)]. Maybe I'll take an informal poll at the next research conference and get back to you [:p].
Mom to Finn, Lucy (preeclampsia and HELLP) and Chloe.