Title
Acute respiratory infection due to **Mycoplasma pneumoniae**: current status of diagnostic methods Acute respiratory infection due to **Mycoplasma pneumoniae**: current status of diagnostic methods
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Wiesbaden ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
European journal of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. - Wiesbaden
Volume/pages
29(2010) :9 , p. 1055-1069
ISSN
0934-9723
ISI
000280844500003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Because of the absence of well-standardized both in-house and FDA-approved commercially available diagnostic tests, the reliable diagnosis of respiratory infection due to Mycoplasma pneumoniae remains difficult. In addition, no formal external quality assessment schemes which would allow to conclude about the performance of M. pneumoniae diagnostic tests exist. In this review, the current state of knowledge of M. pneumoniae-associated respiratory infections in the context of epidemiological studies published during the past 5 years is discussed, with particular emphasis on the diagnostic strategies used and their impact on results. The role of M. pneumoniae as a cause of respiratory tract infections (RTIs) differs from study to study due to geographical and epidemiological differences, as well as to the application of different diagnostic techniques and criteria used.
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