Mycoplasma pneumonia: Clinical and radiographic features in 39 children

Shu Chiang Hsieh, Yung Ting Kuo, Ming Sheng Chern, Chia Yuen Chen, Wing P. Chan, Chun Yu

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Background: The purpose of the present paper was to evaluate the clinical and chest radiographic features of pediatric patients with serologically proven Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia (mycoplasma pneumonia). Methods: The clinical records and chest radiographs of 39 consecutive patients (19 male, 20 female; age 3-13 years) with serologically positive IgG and IgM mycoplasma pneumonia were reviewed. Results: More than 90% of patients presented with fever and cough and 48% of patients had leukocyte count >10 000/mm3. A C-reactive protein (CRP) level >0.375 mg/dL was noted in 28 patients (72%). Chest radiographs displayed four different patterns: (i) peribronchial and perivascular interstitial infiltrates (n = 19, 49%); (ii) airspace consolidations (n = 15, 38%); (iii) reticulonodular opacification (n = 3, 8%); and (iv) nodular or mass-like opacification (n = 2, 5%). Bilateral peribronchial perivascular interstitial infiltrations in central and middle lung zones were frequently seen (n = 19, 49%). Other radiological features were bilateral lesions in 51% of patients, pleural effusion in 23%, and hilar lymphadenopathy in 13%. Means of duration for treatment response and hospitalization were 2.5 and 5 days, respectively. Conclusion: There are various radiological features of mycoplasma pneumonia in children. Bilateral peribronchial and perivascular interstitial infiltrates were most frequently seen in the present patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-367
Number of pages5
JournalPediatrics International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


  • Children
  • Mycoplasma pneumonia
  • Pneumonia
  • Thoracic radiography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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