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Neurological Symptoms in Patients Whose Cerebrospinal Fluid Is Culture- and/or Polymerase Chain Reaction-Positive for <i>Mycoplasma pneumoniae</i>

Maja Sočan, Igor Ravnik, Dušan Benčina, Peter Dovč, Breda Zakotnik and Janez Jazbec

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 32, issue 2, pages e31-e35
Published in print January 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/318446
Neurological Symptoms in Patients Whose Cerebrospinal Fluid Is Culture- and/or Polymerase Chain Reaction-Positive for Mycoplasma pneumoniae

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We describe 13 patients with neurological signs and symptoms associated with Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection. M. pneumoniae was isolated from the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of 9 patients: 5 with meningoencephalitis, 2 with meningitis, and 1 with cerebrovascular infarction. One patient had headache and difficulties with concentration and thinking for 1 month after the acute infection. M. pneumoniae was detected, by means of PCR, in the CSF of 4 patients with negative culture results. Two had epileptic seizures, 1 had blurred vision as a consequence of edema of the optic disk, and 1 had peripheral nerve neuropathy.

Journal Article.  2882 words.  Illustrated.

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

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