Mycoplasma pneumoniae: A Potentially Severe Infection

Bharat Bajantri, Sindhaghatta Venkatram, Gilda Diaz-Fuentes


Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections remain one of the most common etiologies of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). The clinical presentation and manifestations vary widely and can affect all organs of the body. Diagnosis is challenging because there are no constant findings in physical exams or laboratory or radiological assessments that indicate Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia, and specific diagnostic tools are not readily available. Extrapulmonary manifestations and severe pulmonary manifestations can lead to long-term sequelae. The increasing emergence of Mycoplasma pneumoniae that is resistant to macrolides in some areas of the world and increased world travel could add to the difficulty of controlling and treating Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections. We present a concise and up-to-date review of the current knowledge of Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia.

J Clin Med Res. 2018;10(7):535-544


Mycoplasma pneumoniae; Atypical pneumonia; Mycoplasma IgM

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