What is included in follow-up care for patients with Mycoplasma infections (Mycoplasma pneumoniae)?

Updated: Feb 15, 2019
  • Author: Ken B Waites, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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With appropriate treatment, uncomplicated episodes of M pneumoniae infection can be expected to resolve clinically within 7-10 days after onset.

Additional laboratory tests or radiographs are not usually necessary unless the illness does not respond to therapy, which would raise questions about the accuracy of the microbiological diagnosis or the possibility of chronic infection, which sometimes occurs.

The presence of extrapulmonary manifestations may warrant further workup and follow-up, depending on their nature and severity.

Improvement of pneumonia on chest radiographs may lag behind clinical improvement.


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