2 Cases of Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection with severe pneumonia

Shin Tae Kim, Nyung Lee Shun, Jeong Lee Seok, Moon Jung Pil, Jun Park Hong, Sang Shin Myung, Whan Kim Chong, Ghil Lee Bu, Sang Ha Kim, Won Yeon Lee, Chul Shin Kye, Joong Yong Suk

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Mycoplasma pneumoniae (M. pneumoniae) is the leading cause of pneumonia in older children and young adults. Normally, it does not progress to a condition requiring hospitalization but improves spontaneously or has a mild clinical course. We report two cases of M. pneumoniae pneumonia with different clinical manifestations from the normal course. The patients were young healthy individuals. The diagnoses were made by serology. However, it could not be determined beforehand that they had M. pneumoniae pneumonia. Based on the empirical treatment strategy of severe community acquired pneumonia, the patients were treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics including cephalosporin, quinolone and macrolide. After administering the antibiotics, they showed a gradually favorable clinical course and recovered without residual complications. A M. pneumoniae infection should be considered as a cause of severe community acquired pneumonia, and empirical treatment targeting this organism might be helpful in treating patients with the severe manifestation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-520
Number of pages6
JournalTuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases


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