Neuroinvasion by Mycoplasma pneumoniae in acute disseminated encephalomyelitis.

We report the autopsy findings for a 45-year-old man with polyradiculoneuropathy and fatal acute disseminated encephalomyelitis after having Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia. M. pneumoniae antigens were demonstrated by immunohistochemical analysis of brain tissue, indicating neuroinvasion as an additional pathogenetic mechanism in central neurologic complications of M. pneumoniae infection.
Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 Apr;14(4):641-3. doi: 10.3201/eid1404.061366. Case Reports|Par Stamm B , et al.