What is the role of eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) measurement in the workup of mycoplasmal pneumonia?

Updated: Dec 28, 2018
  • Author: Michael Joseph Bono, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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The role of eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) has been studied in M pneumoniae infection and asthma, in which ECP levels have been found to be increased. [38] This protein may play a role in damage to the respiratory epithelium and accelerated hypersensitivity in the respiratory system, although more studies are required.


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