[Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections. A multicenter retrospective study of 182 cases]

Presse Med. 1988 Aug 27-Sep 3;17(29):1475-8.
[Article in French]


The spectrum of 182 hospital Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections, collected over a five-year period, is reviewed. The diagnosis was based on complement fixation test. Mycoplasma infection was encountered mainly in young people, mean age 29 years. Eighty-four per cent presented with an atypical pneumonia, 33 per cent had extrapulmonary manifestations mainly neurological and cutaneous. Acute respiratory failure occurred in 32 cases. Only 5 patients died. Macrolides or tetracyclines remain the most effective antibiotics but spontaneous recovery is usual.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / analysis
  • Blood Cell Count
  • Child
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pneumonia, Mycoplasma / diagnosis*
  • Pneumonia, Mycoplasma / drug therapy
  • Pneumonia, Mycoplasma / immunology
  • Pneumonia, Mycoplasma / metabolism
  • Respiration Disorders / diagnosis
  • Retrospective Studies


  • Antibodies, Bacterial