What are cardiac complications 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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Cardiac involvement in M pneumoniae infection manifests as conduction abnormalities, either rhythm disturbances or heart blocks, seen on the ECG. Chest pain from pericarditis or myocarditis can be a clinical symptom, and these entities have been linked to anti-cardiolipin antibodies. [40] Congestive heart failure is another extrapulmonary complication of M pneumoniae infection. Myocardial damage has been reported in children with M pneumoniae pneumonia. [41]


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