Mycoplasma pneumonia

Precautions

Droplet / Contact Precautions
Droplet / Contact Precautions

General Information

Pathogen information

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

Epidemiology

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

PCR testing may result in false positive therefore do not test in children less than 5 years of age unless strong clinical suspicion