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Clinical Features of Mycoplasma pneumoniae Pneumonia


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Title: Clinical Features of Mycoplasma pneumoniae Pneumonia
Authors: Izumikawa, Kinichi / Ikebe, Akira / Ohta, Michisuke / Iwasaki, Hiromaru / Saito, Atsushi / Hara, Kohei
Authors (alternative): 泉川, 欣一 / 池辺, 璋 / 大田, 遽祐 / 岩崎, 博円 / 斉藤, 厚 / 原, 耕平
Issue Date: 25-Mar-1974
Citation: Acta medica Nagasakiensia. 1974, 18(1-4), p.1-12
Abstract: Clinical features in ninety-two cases of mycoplasmal pneumonia during the past seven years, which are fourty-one percent of 226 primary atypical pneumonia cases in this study, are reported. Occurrence of the illness was closely retated to age of the patients; it was generally higher in patients under thirty years of age at all seasons. The main clinical symptoms were cough, fever, rales, sputum, headache and sore throat. However, these common symptoms recognized in a variety of respiratory diseases were not particular to the diagnosis of mycoplasmal pneumonia, and it was often difficult to differentiate from pulmonary tuberculosis, chronic pneumonitis or bronchiectasis. Although a roentgenographic pattern characteristic of mycoplasmal pneumonia could not be recognized, the majority showed a "homogenous" or "flocculent" appearance. Therefore, the appropriate laboratory studies for isolation of the agents and/or the related serological tests have much importance to the diagnosis of this disease. The treatment with erythromycin seemed to be more effective than other antibiotics when using chest roentgenographic resolution, as the parameter of response.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/15574
ISSN: 00016055
Type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version: publisher
Appears in Collections:Volume 18, No. 1-4

Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/15574

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