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

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