Severe Mycoplasma pneumoniae Infection in Children Admitted to Pediatric Intensive Care

https://journals.lww.com/pidj/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=9000&issue=00000&article=96585&type=Abstract

Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a common cause of community-acquired pneumonia and may cause life-threatening disease in children. We identified 30 (0.3%) confirmed M. pneumoniae cases by clinical and laboratory criteria in 11,526 PICU admissions. Outcomes were comparable to patients admitted with other infections (n=3,005, p>0.1). Our findings indicate that empiric antimicrobial coverage for M. pneumoniae infection in PICU is rarely needed.