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No Evidence of Mycoplasma pneumoniae in Acute Myringitis

Kotikoski, Mikko J. MD*; Kleemola, Marjaana MD†; Palmu, Arto A. I. MD†

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: May 2004 - Volume 23 - Issue 5 - pp 465-466
Brief Reports

Our aim was to discover Mycoplasma pneumoniae in bullous and hemorrhagic myringitis in children <2 years of age. Middle ear fluid samples (n = 37) and samples taken from the blisters of the tympanic membranes (n = 12) studied by polymerase chain reaction for M. pneumoniae were negative. This study does not support an important role for M. pneumoniae as an etiologic agent in acute myringitis.

From *Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland; and †National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland.

Accepted for publication December 31, 2003.

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© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.