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Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a class of bacteria that is responsible for mild illness in children and young adults. The bacteria cause infection of the upper and lower respiratory tract. In terms of severity, the infection can range from mild respiratory tract infection to severe pneumonia. M. pneumoniae are extracellular pathogens and their survival depends on attachment to the respiratory epithelium; this attachment to the membrane is facilitated by interactive adhesion and accessory proteins.

Transmission

Testing

Symptoms

Treatment

Available Tests for Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Mycoplasma pneumoniae ELISPOT

2 ACD Tubes (Yellow top)

Mycoplasma pneumoniae IgA and IgG

1 Serum Tube (Tiger top)