What is the prognosis of Mycoplasma infections (Mycoplasma pneumoniae)?

Updated: Feb 15, 2019
  • Author: Ken B Waites, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Most persons who are free of underlying conditions that may adversely affect the outcome of a respiratory tract infection can expect an excellent prognosis and a full return of pulmonary function.

For the minority of patients who have severe disease, diminished lung function may persist for weeks to months.

For the few persons who experience disseminated extrapulmonary symptoms, particularly neurologic manifestations, recovery can require weeks to months. While most recover fully and uneventfully, some persons with neurologic manifestations may experience long-term paralysis and reports describe cases of permanent neurologic deficits.


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