Understanding Your MPV Test Results

What is MPV?

MPV stands for Mycoplasma pneumoniae or Mycoplasmal pneumonia. It is a common bacteria which causes mild to severe respiratory infections. Most commonly it affects the nose and throat, but it can affect other parts of your body too. The infection usually clears up on its own within a few days, but sometimes it can lead to complications such as ear infections and even meningitis (brain inflammation).

The most common symptoms are:

Coughing and sneezing (nasal congestion)

Runny nose (runny mucus)

Sneezing with a runny nose (sinus discharge) or watery eyes (watery eye syndrome)

Nausea and vomiting (nose bleeds), sometimes accompanied by diarrhea or bloody stools

Fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and joint pain

Symptoms may last from a few hours to several weeks. Sometimes they go away without any treatment.

Other times they require hospitalization and antibiotics. You will need to take regular medication for the rest of your life.

How does MPV Affect Me?

It is not known exactly how this bacteria infects you, but it seems like it involves your immune system and nervous systems as well as your lungs and blood vessels.

How is the test done?

A sample of blood is taken from your body. It is then inspected in a lab.

What will you see on the test results?

Test results for ‘High MPV’: The test result will show that you have High levels of Mycoplasmal Pneumonia in your blood plasma.

Test results for ‘Low MPV’: The test result will show that you have Low levels of Mycoplasmal Pneumonia in your blood plasma.

How is it treated?

High levels of Mycoplasmal Pneumonia need to be treated with medical attention. You will require hospitalization for a few days, and a course of strong antibiotics. If left untreated, this can cause severe health issues and even death.

Low levels of Mycoplasmal Pneumonia may or may not require any treatment. Instead, you can opt for rest at home and over the counter medication for pain and fever.

What is the prognosis?

High levels of Mycoplasmal Pneumonia have a good prognosis with treatment because it can be cured with antibiotics and hospital care.

Low levels of Mycoplasmal Pneumonia have a good prognosis without treatment because it will go away on its own.

How can you prevent getting it again?

High levels of Mycoplasmal Pneumonia are most commonly caught by people who live in areas with poor living conditions or a large population of people. To prevent yourself from getting it again, you should try to maintain good hygiene and keep your immune system as healthy as possible.

Low levels of Mycoplasmal Pneumonia do not have any ways of being prevented. It is just something that happens on rare occasions.

You should always remain cautious though, because if your body is too run down or your immune system too weak then the condition can rapidly worsen.

What was the outcome?

Good: Your case had no complications and you fully recovered after taking some time off from work and resting at home.

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The impact of business analytics on supply chain performance by P Trkman, K McCormack, MPV De Oliveira… – Decision Support …, 2010 – Elsevier

Barriers of HACCP team members to guideline adherence by MPV Azanza, MBV Zamora-Luna – Food control, 2005 – Elsevier

The French haemovigilance system by J Debeir, L Noel, JP Aullen, C Frette, F Sari, MPV Mai… – Vox sanguinis, 1999 – karger.com

MPV Blood Test by MPVB Test – medlineplus.gov