What is the efficacy of serologic studies for the diagnosis 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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The sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values of serologic studies for Chlamydia are not high enough to make any of them clinically useful in the diagnosis of active disease. Therefore, chlamydial serologies are not recommended for diagnosis of genital tract disease. The choice of the most appropriate test depends on the clinical setting, the facilities available, and the relative cost.


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