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Severe Acute Lung Injury Caused by <i>Mycoplasma pneumoniae</i>: Potential Role for Steroid Pulses in Treatment

Marcelo Radisic, Andrés Torn, Pablo Gutierrez, Héctor A. Defranchi and Pablo Pardo

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 31, issue 6, pages 1507-1511
Published in print December 2000 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online December 2000 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/317498
Severe Acute Lung Injury Caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae: Potential Role for Steroid Pulses in Treatment

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Published evidence of pathogenetic mechanisms of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in mycoplasmal lung infections suggests that the pulmonary injury is related to a cell-mediated immune response. Therefore, steroids may play a role in the treatment of severe cases. We describe a patient who had Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia that progressed to severe ARDS requiring mechanical ventilation and who had improvement with prednisolone pulses.

Journal Article.  3284 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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