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May 27, 1968

Postpartum Septicemia With Mycoplasma hominis

Author Affiliations

From the Laboratory of Bacterial Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, Md (Dr. Tully); and St. Michael Hospital, Newark, NJ (Dr. Smith).

JAMA. 1968;204(9):827-828. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140220075027

Mycoplasma hominis was recovered from the blood of a woman 24 hours post partum and at the time a febrile illness was in progress. The patient exhibited a significant antibody response to the specific Mycoplasma strain recovered from the blood as well as to other M hominis strains. Additional observations on the role of M hominis and other species of Mycoplasma might play in spontaneous abortions, fetal abnormalities, and postpartum complications are now needed.