Untreated girls may go on to develop infected tubes (salpingitis) or an infected uterus lining (endometritis). pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can lead to a buildup of scar tissue that will block the fallopian tubes, causing infertility or tubal pregnancy. some studies have linked chlamydia with a higher risk of premature birth or a low birth weight baby.

About two-thirds of babies born to infected mothers go on to develop conjunctivitis within two weeks of birth, although permanent damage to the baby's eyes is rare. A treated baby is in no risk of permanent damage. About 10 to 20 percent of exposed newborns may develop chlamydia pneumonia in the first three to four months of age. While it is usually mild, some babies may be quite ill and are at risk for developing lung problems later in childhood.

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