Mycoplasma pneumonia

Precautions

Droplet / Contact Precautions

General 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

Atypical pneumonia

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

Diagnose by serology in general; a PCR is available

Difficult to culture