Infection with Mycoplasma pneumoniae appears
to play a role in the onset of asthma in predisposed children, report a team
of French researchers from Saint Vincent de Paul-Cochin Hospital, in Paris,
France (Clin Infect Dis. 2004;38:1341-1346).
The researchers studied 170 children hospitalized for severe asthma,
including 119 with an exacerbation of previously diagnosed asthma and 51 who
were experiencing their first asthma attack. The control group included 152
children with stable asthma or rhinitis. Nasopharyngeal aspirates were tested
for various respiratory viruses, M pneumoniae, and Chlamydia pneumoniae.
Stephenson J. Microbes and Asthma. JAMA. 2004;291(23):2809. doi:10.1001/jama.291.23.2809-c