What is the role of nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) in the workup of chlamydial genitourinary infections (chlamydia)?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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NAATs have become the preferred diagnostic and screening test for C trachomatis genital infection in the United States because they are sensitive and can be used for noninvasive testing without the need for a pelvic examination or a urethral swab. [40, 41, 42] NAATs target and amplify conserved nucleic acid sequences that are present in almost all clinical strains of C trachomatis, including the genital, LGV, and ocular serovars.


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