atypical pneumonia


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a·typ·i·cal pneu·mo·ni·a

pneumonia caused by a nonbacterial pathogen, classically caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae, but generally used to refer to any nonbacterial pneumonia with mild systemic symptoms, including viral. See: primary atypical pneumonia.

atypical pneumonia

A clinically “atypical” form of pneumonia, which lacks the classic signs and symptoms of bronchopneumonia.
 
Types
Chlamydial pneumonia, Mycoplasma, influenza A or B, adenovirus, Legionella.
 
Management
Antibiotics if bacterial, otherwise supportive.
 
Prognosis
Symptoms usually improve within two weeks.

atypical pneumonia

Chest medicine A clinically 'atypical' form of pneumonia, which lacks the classic signs and Sx of pneumonia Types Chlamydia pneumonia, Mycoplasma, influenza A or B, adenovirus, Legionella Management Antibiotics if bacterial Prognosis Sx often improve in < 2 wks

pri·mar·y a·typ·i·cal pneu·mo·ni·a

(prī'mar-ē ā-tip'i-kăl-nū-mō'nē-ă)
An acute systemic disease with involvement of the lungs, caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae and marked by high fever, cough, relatively few physical signs, and scattered densities on x-rays; usually associated with development of cold agglutinins and antibodies to the bacteria.
Synonym(s): atypical pneumonia, mycoplasmal pneumonia.
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In late February, the World Health Organization (WHO) and CDC began investigating a multicountry outbreak of atypical pneumonia with an unknown etiology that apparently first appeared in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong as early as last November.
Yu also appealed to the international community to support Taiwan's bid to enter the World Health Organization (WHO), which initially excluded Taiwan from its list of countries from where it had received reports of atypical pneumonia cases.

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