Epidemiology and clinical features of Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection in children

Annacarla Defilippi, Michela Silvestri, Angela Tacchella, Raffaella Giacchino, Giovanni Melioli, Eddi Di Marco, Carmela Cirillo, Pasquale Di Pietro, Giovanni A. Rossi

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Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MP) is, considered to affect rarely children less than 5 yrts of age. This study was performed to describe the epidemiology and the clinical features of MP lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) in children, presenting to a tertiary children hospital. Eleven month-longitudinal study of LRTI due to MP, diagnosed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) on throat swab specimen, was performed. Out of 866 children with LRTI admitted to the Gaslini Pediatric Institute in Genoa, 102 had a positive PCR for MP. We found 39 preschool-aged children, 42 school-aged children and 21 young adolescent [6.20 (3.81) yrs old]. Interestingly, eight MP+ infants had

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1762-1768
Number of pages7
JournalRespiratory Medicine
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008


  • Children
  • Infection
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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