Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection is usually self-limited without severe sequelae. We report 5 pediatric patients with necrotizing pneumonitis caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae and reviewed the reported cases in the English language. Protracted course of fever and respiratory distress were noted in all 5 patients. Macrolides and adequate chest tube drainage for pleural effusion were the mainstay of treatment.
From the *Department of Pediatrics, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; the †Department of Pediatrics, Yungkang Veterans Hospital, Tainan, Taiwan; and the ‡Department of Pediatrics, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
Accepted for publication January 6, 2004.
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