Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Pneumonia?

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD


February 16, 2016

Atypical organisms are generally associated with a milder form of pneumonia, the so-called "walking pneumonia." A feature that makes these organisms atypical is the inability to detect them on Gram stain or to cultivate them in standard bacteriologic media. In addition, they often produce several nonpulmonary related symptoms. Atypical organisms include the following:

  • Mycoplasma species

  • Chlamydophila species

  • Legionella species

  • Coxiella burnetii

  • Bordetella pertussis

For more on the etiology of pneumonia, read here.


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