What are hematologic 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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Hemolytic anemia may develop if the IgM antibodies to M pneumoniae antigens cross react to antigens on human erythrocytes, causing destruction. Hemolysis in sickle cell patients with an M pneumoniae infection is concerning, but rarely fatal. [45]

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