What is the disease progression of untreated chlamydial genitourinary infection (chlamydia)?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Undiagnosed chlamydia can progress to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which may lead to relative or absolute infertility. This may be tragic if it occurs early in life before childbearing. Diagnostically evaluate all cases of suspected sexual abuse using chlamydial culture, not nonculture techniques.


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