Atypical pneumonias Review uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Pneumonia

abstract

  • The pneumonias associated with Mycoplasma pneumoniae, psittacosis, and Q fever infection are termed 'atypical' primarily to distinguish them from the more common bacterial pneumonias. From a clinical standpoint, the atypical pneumonias are strikingly similar and more closely resemble viral infections, but in contrast to the latter, they usually respond to specific antimicrobial therapy. Further, although the lung is most often the primary site of clinical involvement with infections caused by M. pneumoniae, Chlamydia psittaci, and Coxiella burnetti, true systemic infection occurs and may result in a host of extrapulmonary manifestations. This review emphasizes the microbiology, clinical features, and management of infections caused by the organisms responsible for the atypical pneumonia syndrome.

publication date

  • December 1980

Research

keywords

  • Review

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed ID

  • 6993813

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 507

end page

  • 27

volume

  • 64

number

  • 3