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Congenital pneumonia due to Mycoplasma pneumoniae.
  1. D. Ursi,
  2. J. P. Ursi,
  3. M. Ieven,
  4. M. Docx,
  5. P. Van Reempts,
  6. S. R. Pattyn
  1. Department of Microbiology, Universitair Ziekenhuis, Antwerp, Belgium.


    A case of probable vertical transmission of Mycoplasma pneumoniae is presented. The presence of M pneumoniae was demonstrated by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the nasopharyngeal aspirate of a newborn who developed pneumonia shortly after birth. This result was confirmed by performing a second PCR, amplifying another part of the genome of M pneumoniae. It is concluded that M pneumoniae can be added to the long list of pathogens known to cause congenital pneumonia.

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