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Mycoplasma and chlamydia infection in Korea

Korean Journal of Pediatrics 2009;52(3):277-282.
Published online March 15, 2009.
Mycoplasma and chlamydia infection in Korea
Kyung Won Kim, Kyu-Earn Kim
Department of Pediatrics, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
국내 마이코플라스마와 클라미디아 감염 - 폐렴을 중심으로 -
김경원, 김규언
연세대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
Kyu-Earn Kim, Email: kekim@yuhs.ac
Pneumonia, which usually requires hospitalization for children, is caused by various pathogens. According to recent surveys, the prevalence of atypical pneumonia caused by Mycoplasma or Chlamydia has increased, especially in preschool children. Also, the evidence has been accumulated that Mycoplasma or Chlamydia infection is associated with asthma including both inception and exacerbation. Therefore, it is important to consider how the clinical aspects of Mycoplasma pneumonia have changed. In particular, Chlamydia pneumonia, which has not been prevalent in Korea, needs greater attention.
Key Words: Mycoplasma, Chlamydia, Pneumonia, Child

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