Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


Mycoplasma pneumonia, a well known cause of acute respiratory infection in man, has been reported to frequently include central nervous system manifestations as part of its clinical course (1,2). The spectrum of neurologic syndromes associated with the disease is vast, ranging from direct invasion of brain and meninges by the organism to non-invasive parainfectious encephalopathy (3). This is a case report of an individual who presented to the emergency room in an acute psychotic state as the single manifestation of a parainfectious encephalopathy secondary to mycoplasma pneumonia infection of the lung.

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