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<i>Mycoplasma pneumoniae</i> Pericarditis Demonstrated by Polymerase Chain Reaction and Electron Microscopy

Maria Szymanski, Martin Petric, Frederick E. Saunders and Raymond Tellier

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 34, issue 1, pages e16-e17
Published in print January 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/338158
Mycoplasma pneumoniae Pericarditis Demonstrated by Polymerase Chain Reaction and Electron Microscopy

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We report a case of pericarditis occurring in a 17-year-old girl who received a bone marrow transplant. The presence of Mycoplasma pneumoniae in the pericardial fluid was demonstrated by polymerase chain reaction, and Mycoplasma-like organisms were detected by electron microscopy. Because no other infectious agent could be found in the pericardial fluid, M. pneumoniae was presumed to be the etiologic agent of the pericarditis.

Journal Article.  860 words.  Illustrated.

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

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