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August 1979

Cranial Neuropathy, Myeloradiculopathy, and Myositis: Complications of Mycoplasma pneumoniae Infection

Author Affiliations

From the Neurology Department, Northwest Memorial Hospital, and the Department of Pathobiology, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle.

Arch Neurol. 1979;36(8):476-477. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500440046007

• Polymyositis, transverse myelitis, ascending polyneuritis, bilateral optic neuritis, and hearing loss developed in a patient with high complement-fixing antibody titers to Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Each of her three children had primary atypical pneumonia with isolation of the organism. The neurologic disturbance is thought to represent a postinfectious complication of M pneumoniae infection.