Atypical Pneumonia

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a. At the CNS level, it presents conditions of peripheral neuropathy, cranial nerve palsy, aseptic meningitis and myleitis.
b. Cardiac manifestations would include congestive heart failure, heart blocks, myocarditis, pericarditis, etc.
c. GI adverse symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, pancreatitis occur
d. Hematologic manifestations include the presence of IgM antibodies eventually leading to hemolysis.

Conclusive diagnosis is done through PCR testing and determination of cold agglutinin titers. There are other methods available as well such as culturing and serum analysis but they have limited uses in diagnosing Myoplasmic pneumoniae oriented atypical pneumonia.

Treatment is effective with a 2-week usage of macrolide, tetracycline or fluoroquinolones.

Later, we will continue to review atypical pneumonia caused by Chalmydophila pneumonae, Legionella pneumophila and Coxiella burnetti in Part 2 of the article by the same name.

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