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Overview

Patients with Mycoplasma pneumonia generally appear well. Common physical examination findings include fever, decreased oxygen saturation on room air, tachycardia, tachypnea, non-exudative pharyngitis, and decreased breath sounds with crackles and increased tactile fremitus on lung auscultation. Other physical examination findings include rash, pallor, sinus tenderness, cervical lymphadenopathy, and possibly bullous myringitis.

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General Appearance

Patients with Mycoplasma pneumonia generally appear well.

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  • Rash may be present. The characteristics of the rash are non-specific.
  • Pallor may be present in cases of hemolytic anemia

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  • Pharyngitis with no exudates
  • Sinus tenderness may be present
  • Myringitis (bullous) may be present on otoscopy

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