Setting a standard for the initiation of steroid therapy in refractory or severe Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia in adolescents and adults.

@article{Miyashita2015SettingAS,
  title={Setting a standard for the initiation of steroid therapy in refractory or severe Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia in adolescents and adults.},
  author={Naoyuki Miyashita and Yasuhiro Kawai and Norikazu Inamura and Takaaki Tanaka and Hiroto Akaike and Hideto Teranishi and Tokio Wakabayashi and Takashi Nakano and Kazunobu Ouchi and Niro Okimoto},
  journal={Journal of infection and chemotherapy : official journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy},
  year={2015},
  volume={21 3},
  pages={153-60}
}
Serum interleukin (IL)-18 level was thought to be a useful as a predictor of refractory or severe Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia, and steroid administration is reported to be effective in this situation. The serum levels of IL-18 correlated significantly with those of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH). The purpose of this study was to set a standard for the initiation of steroid therapy in M. pneumoniae pneumonia using a simple serum marker. We analyzed 41 adolescent and adult patients with… CONTINUE READING

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