Mycoplasma pneumoniae is the only known Mycoplasma species that is a primary pathogen in man. Clinical manifestations can range from asymptomatic respiratory infections to severe pneumonia. M. pneumoniae accounts for 15 to 20% of total pneumonia. Only the IgM test result is required for M. pneumoniae serodiagnosis. Most laboratories still concurrently test both IgG and IgM with the ImmunoWELL test kits, and high IgG reactivity is often used as supplemental evidence for current infection. However, IgG results alone (any method or test kit) do not accurately predict active infection unless paired sera (acute and convalescent specimens) are tested at one time.
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Last Updated : 03/16/2013