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Original Article Diagnostic Significance of Cold Agglutinin and Antimycoplasma Antibody for Mycoplasma pneumoniae Infection.
Chung Sook Kim, Chae Hoon Lee, Chang Ho Jeon, Eun Kyung Bae, Seak il Hong
Journal of Yeungnam Medical Science 1987;4(1):97-103
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12701/yujm.1987.4.1.97
Published online: August 31, 1987
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A study to evaluate the diagnostic significance of M. pneumoniae Infection by measurements of cold agglutinin and antimycoplasma antibody titers is performed with 191 pediatric patients who have visited Yeungnam University Hospital during the period through January to July, 1987. Forty eight of 191 cases made follow up tests feasible. The results obtained are as follows: 1. It is necessary to perform routine combined measurements of cold agglutinin and antimycoplasma antibody titers for the all pediatric pneumonia caser since a large proportion of pneumonia in children is caused by M. pneumonia. 2. For the diagnosis of M. pneumoniae Infection, measurements of cold agglutinin titer alone seems to be less significant than to check both cold agglutinin and antimycoplasma antibody titers. 3. The measurement of antimycoplasma antibody titer appeared to be more specific than cold agglutinin test in the diagnosis of M. pneumoniae Infection. 4. The present study urges the necessity of follow up study of cold agglutinin and antimycoplasma antibody titer for those who initially presented with normal titers in both tests, but are clinically suspected for M. pneumoniae Infection.

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