Reliability of cold agglutinin test (CAT) for diagnosis of Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia in hospitalized patients


Introduction: M. pneumoniae is one of the causative agents of primary atypical pneumonia. This infection causes 20-40% of community acquired pneumonia and is associated with an array of extrapulmonary manifestations. There is a need for a rapid diagnostic test in order to prescribe prompt and appropriate antibiotic therapy. Even though isotype specific… (More)


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