J Pediatr Infect Dis 2007; 02(03): 163-166
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1557034
Case Report
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart – New York

Peripheral neuropathy in a child with Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections

Piero Pavone
a  Department of Pediatrics, Hospital Civile, Ragusa, Italy
b  Department of Pediatrics, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
,
Enrico Nicolini
a  Department of Pediatrics, Hospital Civile, Ragusa, Italy
,
Filippo Greco
b  Department of Pediatrics, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
,
Rosaria Taibi
b  Department of Pediatrics, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
,
Giuseppe Nunnari
c  Department of Infectious Diseases, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA
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Publication History

12 December 2006

26 February 2007

Publication Date:
28 July 2015 (online)

Abstract

Recent infection seems to be an important and independent risk factor for neurological illness, but the mechanism linking infection and neurological involvement is still largely undetermined. Among infective agents, Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a reasonably common cause of neurological complications in childhood and it can manifest in several ways, including cerebral infarction and extrapyramidal features. Here, we report on a child who had a peripheral neuropathy chronologically, clinically and biologically related to M. pneumoniae infection. The present report supports the hypothesis of a close causal relationship between this infective agent and the neurological symptoms experienced by this child during an acute episode of respiratory disease.