A case of lung transplantation following Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection

Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2002 Apr;21(4):318-22. doi: 10.1007/s10096-002-0698-0. Epub 2002 Apr 12.


Reported here is a case of severe necrotizing pneumonia following Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection that occurred in a 55-year-old man. The histological changes of lung parenchyma included granulomas and bronchiolitis obliterans. Mycoplasma infection was diagnosed by repeated antibody determination (complement fixation test) and confirmed using the polymerase chain reaction to detect the pathogen from a tracheal aspirate. Prior to this episode of pneumonia, the patient had been healthy, except for Reiter's disease that had been diagnosed 18 years previously. In addition to severe pulmonary involvement, the patient developed rhabdomyolysis with subsequent acute renal failure, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, biochemical pancreatitis, severe anemia, and an effusion of the right knee. Contrary to the symptoms of pulmonary disease, all of the extrapulmonary manifestations except anemia were transient. Due to persistent respiratory insufficiency and long-term failure to wean the patient from a respirator, a lung transplantation was performed. Five weeks after transplantation the patient died as a result of intrapulmonary hemorrhage. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of pneumonia due to Mycoplasma pneumoniae leading to lung transplantation. Furthermore, the multiple extrapulmonary manifestations in this case make it exceptional.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Clarithromycin / therapeutic use
  • Doxycycline / therapeutic use
  • Fluoroquinolones
  • Humans
  • Lactams
  • Lung Transplantation*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae / isolation & purification*
  • Pneumonia, Mycoplasma / microbiology*
  • Pneumonia, Mycoplasma / therapy*
  • Treatment Failure
  • Trimethoprim, Sulfamethoxazole Drug Combination / therapeutic use


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Fluoroquinolones
  • Lactams
  • Trimethoprim, Sulfamethoxazole Drug Combination
  • Clarithromycin
  • Doxycycline