Mycoplasma pneumonia


Standard Precautions
Standard Precautions

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

Diagnose by serology in general; a PCR is available

Difficult to culture