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.
|頁（從 - 到）||331-335|
|期刊||Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences|
|出版狀態||已發佈 - 六月 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- 醫藥 (全部)