Mycoplasma pneumoniae


See 'Additional Information'
See 'Additional Information'

General Information

Pathogen information

Fastidious short rod that does not gram stain - an "atypical"


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

Associated syndromes

Atypical pneumonia

Post-infectious syndromes from antibodies include hemolysis from cold agglutinins, rash, encephalitis, arthritis, and rarely cardiac involvement

Additional Information

Droplet Precautions. Maintain for the duration of illness.

A PCR test is available on throat specimens.