Mycoplasma pneumoniae

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  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae taxonomy, morphology and culture

    Mycoplasma and ureaplasma belong to the class Mollicutes with a total of about 200 species, are summarized in the bacterial cell wall. For human infections the genera Mycoplasma (M. pneumoniae, M.genitalium, M.hominis, M.fermentans) and Ureaplasma are (U.urealyticum, U.parvum) Mycoplasmataceae the family of clinical importance. Mycoplasma can be grown in special culture media.

    Pathogenesis, epidemiology, and selected diseases

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    Mycoplasmas have a strict host and tissue specificity (mucosal cells of various organs) through an accumulation of cells via specific adhesins. Variations on antigen the immune system of the host is turned off, obviously can persist and intracellularly mycoplasma.

    Mycoplasma pneumoniae is the cause of community-acquired pneumonia and bronchitis in Germany after CAPNETZ data with 6.8% of patients. The pathogen occurs mainly in the colder months, mainly in children and in adults under 60 years. The course is usually relatively easy, but are possible complications of central nervous way as encephalitis, aseptic meningitis, myelitis and polyradiculoneuropathy.

    M.genitalium is at a urethritis of the man, that is not caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, one of the most important pathogens. M.genitalium is sexually transmitted. In women M.hominis or M.genitalium with cervicitis, endometritis, salpingitis, tubo-ovarian abscesses or inflammation in the pelvis are demonstrated. The etiological role of M.genitalium with complications in pregnancy is currently unclear. M.hominis In rare cases can cause meningitis in newborns.

    U.parvum, U.urealyticum: In men ureaplasma can cause urethritis, prostatitis or epididymitis. Ureaplasma are found in women without clinical symptoms in up to 70% as commensals in the vagina. In the context of bacterial vaginosis and inflammation of the upper genital tract of women they are detected together with other bacterial species. There may be a correlation between the presence of U.urealyticum and infertility, Dead or prematurity, chorioamnionitis and perinatal death. There is a correlation between the neonatal detection of ureaplasma and pneumonia and bronchopulmonary dysplasia. For heavily underweight newborns is also reported CNS infections with intraventricular hemorrhage. U.parvum populated with women outside of pregnancy up to 57% of the vagina, but can also be an inflammatory reaction to premature rupture of membranes, preterm labor, chorioamnionitis and the child lead to sepsis and meningitis, as well as bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

    Therapy, mandatory reporting

    The treatment of infections caused by M. pneumoniae is done with macrolides such as azithromycin (ZITHROMAX others), doxycycline (DOXYHEXAL etc.) or fluoroquinolones [moxifloxacin (Avelox . etc.)], where it is important to note that since some strains are resistant to macrolides. Visit at for medications. In infections by M.genitalium are azithromycin (duration over five days; resistant strains can occur), or moxifloxacin therapy of doxycycline effective. infections with moxifloxacin M.hominis or clindamycin (CLINDAMYCIN-ratiopharm, etc.). ureaplasma are sensitive to moxifloxacin and doxycycline.

    Tetracycline250 - 500 mgs4 times a day for 5-7 days
    Levofloxacin250 - 750 mgsonce a day
    Clarithromycin250 - 500 mgstwice a day
    Moxifloxacin400 mgsonce a day intravenously
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    Josamycin1 gonce or twice a day between a meal
    Erythromycin250 - 500 mgs4 times a day at least 2 hours before a meal
    Azithromycin250 - 500 mgsonce a day at least 1 hour before or 2 hours following a meal
    Midecamycin400 mgs3 times a day before a meal for 14 days
    Roxithromycin300 mgsonce or twice a day
    Fusafungine4 inhalation in the mouth and / or in each nostrilevery 4 hours for not more than 10 days
    Spiramycin23 million IU2-3 times a day (increased to 15 million units/day, given in divided doses for severe infections)
    Sparfloxacin400 mgs at first day, 200 mgs at other daysonce a day at morning
    Grepafloxacin400 - 600 mgsonce a day for 7 - 10 days
    Doxycycline200 mgs at first day, 100 mgs at other days5 - 10 days
    Oleandomycin250 - 500 mgs (2 g - Max in a day)4-6 times a day following a meal for 5 - 7 days
    Lincomycin500 mgs (max - 1,5-2 gramm a day)3 times a day for at least 10 days
    Lomefloxacin400 mgs (up to 600-800 mgs)twice a day for 10 - 14 days

    Mycoplasma pneumoniae diagnosis

    Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections can by means of antibody detection (ELISA, paired samples) are identified, and cross-reactions with M.genitalium exist. A culture in special media is possible. The bacteria can be detected by PCR; a multiplex PCR for the detection of all major species in urogenital infections was recently described.