Mycoplasma pneumonia

Precautions

Droplet / Contact Precautions

General Information

  • Fastidious short rod that does not Gram stain - an "atypical"

  • Difficult to culture

  • Diagnose by serology or molecular-based testing

Particularly common in school aged children and other crowded environments such as college and military institutions

  • Atypical pneumonia

Post-infectious syndromes from antibodies include:

  • Hemolysis from cold agglutinins

  • Rash

  • Meningoencephalitis

  • Arthritis

  • Glomerulonephritis

  • Rarely cardiac involvement

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