COPD, acute exacerbation
Mycoplasma pneumonia

Mycoplasma pneumonia

Precautions

Droplet / Contact Precautions

Susceptibilities

General Information

Fastidious, short rod that does not Gram stain - an "atypical". Lacks cell wall.

Person-to-person contact by respiratory droplets, and is exclusively a human pathogen. Particularly common in school-aged children and other crowded environments.

  • Atypical pneumonia

Post-infectious syndromes from antibodies include:

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

Diagnose by serology in general.

Difficult to culture.