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