Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Mycoplasma pneumoniae


Droplet Precautions


General Information

PCR Serology is not available

Fastidious short rod Lack of cell wall precludes visualization by Gram stain

Humans are the reservoir Particularly common in school aged children and other crowded environments such as college and military institutions

  • Atypical pneumonia
  • Tracheobronchitis

Post-infectious syndromes from antibodies include:

  • Hemolysis from cold agglutinins
  • Rash
  • Encephalitis
  • Arthritis
  • Rarely cardiac involvement