Antibodies to Chlamydia pneumoniae in young Swedish orienteers
2001 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases, ISSN 0036-5548, Vol. 33, no 8, 589-592 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
During 1992-93 sera from 1790 Swedish elite orienteers were tested for antibodies to Chlamydia pneumoniae. The reason for this was that a cluster of 16 cases of sudden unexpected cardiac death had occurred among Swedish orienteers and DNA from C. pneumoniae had been found in the myocarditic heart and in the lung in 1 of 2 deceased athletes in whom testing was feasible; in addition, C. pneumoniae IgG was found in all 5 cases where serum was available. Among the orienteers, the prevalence rates of IgG antibodies in males and females were 54% (n = 1194) and 50% (n = 596), respectively. The corresponding figures for 319 male and female blood donors were 60% (n = 169) and 53% (n = 150), respectively. These differences are not statistically significant. Male orienteers had a lower prevalence of IgA antibodies than male blood donors (19% and 26%, respectively; p < 0.05), while no such difference was found in females (16% and 18%). The prevalence of IgM antibodies was < 1% in all groups. Neither the performance level of the orienteers nor the place of residence affected the antibody prevalence. In conclusion, Swedish orienteers do not show a higher prevalence of antibodies to C. pneumoniae than healthy blood donors.
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2001. Vol. 33, no 8, 589-592 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-62883PubMedID: 11525352OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-62883DiVA: diva2:90794