Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Asthma in Children

Biscardi, Sandra; Lorrot, Mathie; Marc, Elizabeth; Moulin, Florence; Boutonnat-Faucher, Benedicte; Heilbronner, Claire; Iniguez, Jean-Luc; Chaussain, Michèle; Nicand, Elizabeth; Raymond, Josette; Gendrel, Dominique
May 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;5/15/2004, Vol. 38 Issue 10, p1341
Academic Journal
The article presents information about a study conducted by the authors to test, a population of children hospitalized for severe asthma, for acute infection due to Mycoplasma pneumoniae and acute infection due to Chlamydia Pneumoniae. The study included both children who were experiencing a first asthma attack and children experiencing the exacerbation of asthma that had already been diagnosed and treated. The study showed that, exacerbation of asthma was frequently due to infection with viruses or Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and, to a lesser extent, Chlamydia pneumoniae. In children predisposed to asthma, Mycoplasma pneumoniae and, to a lesser extent, Chlamydia pneumoniae infections appeared to induce the onset of asthma, with rapid recurrence in the absence of macrolide treatment.


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