Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Mycoplasma pneumoniae


General Information

  • Doxycycline

  • Levofloxacin

Aerobic, fastidious organism that lacks cell wall

  • Not normal oropharyngeal flora

  • Most frequent in children, young adults, and elderly

  • Pneumonia

Post-infectious syndromes from antibodies include:

  • Hemolysis from cold agglutinins
  • Rash
  • Encephalitis
  • Arthritis
  • Rarely: Cardiac involvement

Difficult to culture; utilize respiratory PCR for rapid, accurate diagnosis