Isolation and continuous growth of Chlamydia pneumoniae from arterectomy specimens

Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2000 Apr;19(4):305-8. doi: 10.1007/s100960050481.


For the purpose of collecting Chlamydia pneumoniae strains of vascular origin that could be grown continuously in vitro, a cell culture system has been established. Using different types of vascular specimens obtained from 38 patients, Chlamydia pneumoniae could be isolated in three (7.9%) cases. The strains were obtained from specimens of the carotid artery, the femoral artery and an infrarenal aneurysm of the abdominal aorta of three male atherosclerosis patients. Thus, viable Chlamydia pneumoniae strains are also present in vascular regions other than those hitherto described.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arteries / microbiology*
  • Arteriosclerosis / microbiology*
  • Bacteriological Techniques
  • Chlamydia Infections / complications
  • Chlamydia Infections / microbiology*
  • Chlamydophila pneumoniae / growth & development*
  • Chlamydophila pneumoniae / isolation & purification*
  • Culture Media
  • Endarterectomy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies


  • Culture Media