Mycoplasma pneumonia

Precautions

Droplet / Contact Precautions
Droplet / Contact Precautions

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.

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