Atypical pneumonia: mycoplasma

Discussion:

The chest radiograph shows patchy non-segmental opacities bilaterally suggestive of atypical pneumonia. Given the patient's age and radiographic manifestation, chlamydia and mycoplasma are the likely causative organisms. Viral and fungal pathogens may also create the radiological and clinical picture of an atypical pneumonia.

The nasal swab DNA PCR was positive for mycoplasma pneumoniae in this patient which correlated with the imaging findings.

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