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Post-infectious encephalomyelitis associated with Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Legionella pneumophila infection

Easterbrook, P.J.; Smyth, E.G.

Postgraduate Medical Journal 68(796): 124-128


ISSN/ISBN: 0032-5473
PMID: 1570254
DOI: 10.1136/pgmj.68.796.124
Accession: 041015364

A case of severe acute encephalomyelitis associated with a serological diagnosis of both Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Legionella pneumophila infection is reported. Serological co-positivity between these two pathogens has been reported previously, and has, in general, been attributed to cross-reactivity. This is the first documented case of co-infection using more sensitive and specific serological techniques. The potential significance of these findings is discussed in the context of the considerable problems in the interpretation of serological data.

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