Mycoplasma pneumonia

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

  • Rarely cardiac involvement

Diagnose by serology in general.

Difficult to culture.