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Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection and neurological disease.
  1. N H Thomas,
  2. J E Collins,
  3. S A Robb,
  4. R O Robinson
  1. Department of Paediatric Neurology, Guy's Hospital, London.


    The cases are reported of 13 children seen over a 22 month period who presented with a variety of acute neurological illnesses associated with Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection. Although presentation with a decreased level of consciousness or seizures was common, psychosis, hemiparesis, cranial nerve palsies, and Guillain-Barré syndrome were also seen. In contrast with published reports, only one child had an associated chest infection. Although some children have been left with residual disability, most have made a complete recovery. In this recent experience, M pneumoniae is a not rare cause of neurological illness in childhood and may present in unusual ways.

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