Legionnaires' disease in an immunocompetent young adult.

H. C. Tsai, S. S. Lee, W. R. Lin, C. K. Huang, Y. S. Chen, S. R. Wann, H. H. Lin, M. Y. Yen, Y. C. Liu

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Abstract

Infection with Legionella pneumophila (LP) is a rare cause of pneumonia in previously healthy young adults. Pleural effusion is relatively common in Legionnaires' disease but is usually clinically insignificant. Herein we describe an immunocompetent, 19-year-old female with LP respiratory infection that presented with pleural effusion and mild interstitial infiltrates in the lower lungs. She received 3 weeks' treatment with erythromycin and rifampin and recovered completely. Diagnosis was based on serology testing with a four-fold rise of the antibody titer in the acute and convalescent phase. Legionnaires' disease should be considered in the differential diagnosis of culture-negative pleural effusion in immunocompetent young adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-335
Number of pages5
JournalKaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume17
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Legionnaires' Disease
Young Adult
Pleural Effusion
Erythromycin
Serology
Rifampin
Respiratory Tract Infections
Pneumonia
Differential Diagnosis
Lung
Antibodies

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Tsai, H. C., Lee, S. S., Lin, W. R., Huang, C. K., Chen, Y. S., Wann, S. R., ... Liu, Y. C. (2001). Legionnaires' disease in an immunocompetent young adult. Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences, 17(6), 331-335.

Legionnaires' disease in an immunocompetent young adult. / Tsai, H. C.; Lee, S. S.; Lin, W. R.; Huang, C. K.; Chen, Y. S.; Wann, S. R.; Lin, H. H.; Yen, M. Y.; Liu, Y. C.

In: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 17, No. 6, 06.2001, p. 331-335.

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Tsai, HC, Lee, SS, Lin, WR, Huang, CK, Chen, YS, Wann, SR, Lin, HH, Yen, MY & Liu, YC 2001, 'Legionnaires' disease in an immunocompetent young adult.', Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 331-335.
Tsai HC, Lee SS, Lin WR, Huang CK, Chen YS, Wann SR et al. Legionnaires' disease in an immunocompetent young adult. Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences. 2001 Jun;17(6):331-335.
Tsai, H. C. ; Lee, S. S. ; Lin, W. R. ; Huang, C. K. ; Chen, Y. S. ; Wann, S. R. ; Lin, H. H. ; Yen, M. Y. ; Liu, Y. C. / Legionnaires' disease in an immunocompetent young adult. In: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences. 2001 ; Vol. 17, No. 6. pp. 331-335.
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