[N A J Med Sci. 2012;5(2):126-130.] PDF File
Max Xiangtian Kong, MD; Kia Newman, MD; Ronald Goldenberg, MD;
Philip M. Tierno, Jr, PhD; Irina Mikolaenko, MD; Amy Rapkiewicz, MD*
Mycoplasma pneumoniae (M. pneumoniae) infection is rarely fatal in young adults. Most patients have no symptoms or mild nonspecific symptoms or signs with infection. Up to 3-10% infected people may develop pneumonia. We herein report a fatal case of M. pneumoniae infection presenting with acute respiratory failure and brain death in a 27 year old female. Autopsy revealed that diffuse alveolar damage in the lungs and acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalopathy (AHLE), a hyperacute form of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) in the brain.
Key Words: Mycoplasma pneumoniae, diffuse alveolar damage, acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalopathy Mycoplasma pneumoniae, diffuse alveolar damage, acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalopathy
1 Department of Pathology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
2 Department of Medicine, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
*Corresponding Author: NYUMC/Bellevue Hospital, 462 First Avenue 4W39, New York, NY 10016. Tel: 212-562-3421. (Email: Dramyrap@gmail.com)
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The authors have no conflict of interest to disclose.