Mycoplasma Pneumonia Meningitis

Mycoplasma Pneumonia Meningitis

Morning Report

December 12, 2005

Luba Romantseva, Romantseva,




12 yo AA boy, who was treated at OSH for pneumonia, acutely

develops mental status changes and unresponsiveness

Re MS changes: admitted 2 days ago for pneumonia, today became

progressively noninteracitve, noninteracitve,

grunting respirations, no response to


Re pneumonia: fever 102.6 F and productive cough for ~10 days

pta, pta,

pt was seen in clinic 7 days pta, pta,

and given Amoxicillin, after 3

days developed diarrhea, was admitted for inpatient treatment, CXR CXR

revealed RML opacity, pt was started on Cefazolin. Cefazolin.


hospital stay, pt continued to have fevers, cough and worsening

Right-sided Right sided chest pain.

Other treatments: pt noted to have Hg=7, and was transfused 300

cc pRBC 2 days prior to MS changes


PMH: Sickle cell dz, dz,

typical Hg 7.5-8, 7.5 8, 1 VOC in 2/05, no

hx CVA, no gallbladder dz, dz,

no spleen problems, no

previous transfusions

ROS: no recent trauma, no episodes of weakness,

numbness, confusion or abnormal gait prior to the onset

of sx, sx,

no hx of ingestion

Physical Exam

VS: T 36.5 HR 85 RR 26 BP 125/65 100% on vent

GEN: sedated, intubated, intubated,

minimally responsive

HEENT: pinpoint pupils, ETT in place

CV: RRR, nl S1, S2, no murmurs

Pulm: Pulm:

coarse BS, anterior RML crackles

Abd: Abd:


Neuro: Neuro:



dec tone, dec DTR’s, DTR , +Babinski + Babinski

bilat, bilat,

+ corneal reflex, + dolls eye reflex, no gag, no

cough, extensor posturing present with deep stimulation

Increased ICP initial management

Stabilize pt

ABC’s, ABC s, IV access

Relieve increased ICP (CPP=MAP-ICP)


EVD to monitor ICP


Elevate HOB 30 degrees, keep head midline

Hyperventilation to pCO2 30-35 30 35 mm Hg

Sedate, normothermia/slight normothermia/slight


Consider Pentobarbital coma


Consider Decadron IV, Osmotic diuretics

DDx of Acute Encephalopathy


Stroke, Seizure/postictal

Seizure/ postictal state


Encephalitis, Meningitis



DKA, electrolyte abnormalities

Toxic ingestion/overdose


arrhythmia, arrest


adrenal, parathyroid, thyroid


Initial Work-up Work up

Head CT: brain edema but no bleed, no mass effect, no midline shift shift

Brain and spine MRI: edema, abnl diffuse T2 enhancement in

thalami, brainstem to spinal cord down to conus medullaris

CBC3, BMP, coags, coags,


CXR: R upper/middle lobe pneumonia

LP: opening pressure 36, prot 57, glu 79, 2RBC, 13 WBC


EEG: nl

Infectious causes of Encephalitis

Common pathogens of Encephalitis

Our patient’s patient s ID work-up work up

Blood, urine, CSF cx neg

PPD neg, neg,

CSF AFB cx neg

Strep. Pneumo urine Ag neg


Enterovirus CSF PCR, throat and

rectal swabs: neg

Cryptococcal Latex Ag neg

Bartonella serologies neg

Arbovirus panel (EEE, WEE, CA,

St. Louis) serologies neg

West Nile CSF and serologies neg

Latex agglutination test for H. flu,

N. meningiditis,




E.coli: neg

Initial LP: opening pressure 3614 36 14, ,

prot 57, glu 79, 2RBC, 13 WBC


Repeat LP: opening pressure 8, prot

57, glu 84, 440 RBC, 8 WBC


Mycoplasma IgM 128 (16), IgG

>512 (32)

Mycoplasma Ab by Complement

Fixation in CSF: 1:4, positive

Repeat Mycoplasma IgM, IgM,

IgG: IgG:


Repeat Mycoplasma Ab by CF in


Mycoplasma Encephalitis


Neurologic involvement occurs in 0.1% M. pneumoniae infections and

7-10% 10% of those hospitalized for M. pneumoniae

Encephalitis is the most common extrapulmonary manifestation of M.

pneumoniae infection

M. pneumoniae encephalitis accounts for 5-10% 5 10% of all childhood acute

encephalitis cases

Encephalitis is more common in children vs adults, mean age is 6-8 6 8 yo

Clinical picture:

Encephalitis (altered MS, focal neurologic abnl, abnl,

sz) sz)

is most common, but

meningitis, transverse myelitis, myelitis,


Guillain Barre syndrome, ADEM, and

stroke have also been observed

Recent URI sx (cough and sore throat) are common

Prodrome of fever, H/A, emesis is common in those w/o URI sx

Mycoplasma Encephalitis


Cx: Cx:

gold standard but very difficult to grow the organism

CSF and respiratory Mycoplasma PCR:

very sensitive and specific, good agreement with cx

Serology: Mycoplasma IgM(w/in IgM(w/in

1 wk of illness) and IgG(w/in IgG(w/in

2-3 2 3 wks)

Detection by ELISA

By complement fixation, seroconversion defined by 4-fold 4 fold rise in

titre between acute and convalescent sera

Cross-reacts Cross reacts with other antigenslow antigens low specificity

Other supportive tests:

Abnormal LP(60%): pleocytosis, pleocytosis,

lymphocyte predominant, prot >40

Abnormal EEG(80%): generalized/focal slowing, seizures

Imaging: MRI is more sensitive than CT for subtle lesions, see

focal/generalized edema

Mycoplasma Encephalitis: Proposed


Direct invasion of brain parenchyma: organism colonizes


oropharynx blood stream infectionCNS infection CNS invasion across BBB

pts w/acute encephalitis, prodrome 5d: neg CSF

PCR but positive serology


Immune-mediated mediated vascular injury/hypercoagulable

injury/ hypercoagulable state

pts with Mycoplasma-associated Mycoplasma associated stroke, neg CSF PCR, positive serology


Mycoplasma Encephalitis






Fluoroquinolones(Cipro), Fluoroquinolones(Cipro),

or Chloramphenicol(bone marrow aplasia risk)

Drug must have good BBB penetration

Consider Steroids, IVIG, Plasmapharesis if suspect immunologic injury

rather than direct invasion

Disease severity and Prognosis:

In a recent study, 30% of patients required an ICU stay

Overall, prognosis is variable

Mortality of 5-10% 5 10% reported

Long-term Long term neurologic sequelae in 20-60% 20 60%

Epilepsy, hydrocephalus, global neurologic deficits with

brainstem dysfunction

Back to our patient… patient

Hospital course

12 day ICU stay, extubated on ICU day 10

26 day HemeOnc inpatient stay

Abx: Abx:

Azithro, Azithro,

switched to Doxycycline x 14 days, Ceftriaxone x 14 days

Timeline of neurologic exam improvement:

ICU stay: spont eye opening, min spontaneous mvt and response to pain

HemeOnc: HemeOnc:

inc alertness, gradually regained ability to follow commands(HD#23),


speak(HD#30), read(HD#32); improved motor function

Repeat MRI: dec in previously seen abnl signal in thalami, brainstem and spinal

cord; mild diffuse cerebral volume loss

Admitted to La Rabida for rehab; at that time main deficits included dec strength L

side, mostly LE, incontinence, poor trunk control, inability to walk

Looking back, likely mechanism of CNS injury:

Autoimmune cross-reaction, cross reaction, given 12 days of URI sx


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Many thanks to Dr. Jannine Joyce for graciously sharing this patient with me ☺

Thanks to Dr. Marcinak and Dr. Ambereen Alam from Peds ID

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