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Dr. Frank Coletta
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Legionellosis (Overview)

Legionellosis = Legionnaires' disease = atypical pneumonia caused by a bacteria called Legionella pneumophila.


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How common is it for somebody to get legionellosis?

How common is it for somebody to get legionellosis?

Uncommon, not rare: Legionnaires disease was discovered from an outbreak of pneumonia at a hotel in philly of veterans. The bacterium was found in the air-condition/heating ducts. Old, uncleaned, poorly filtered ducts are still a common source of infection by inhaling the organism. Fortunately, it is quite treatable. Symptoms would be the same as any pneumonia. Fever, shaking chills, prouductive cough, chest pain... ...Read more

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Dr. Frank Coletta
43 Doctors shared insights

Legionellosis (Overview)

Legionellosis = Legionnaires' disease = atypical pneumonia caused by a bacteria called Legionella pneumophila.


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What are the symptoms of legionellosis?

What are the symptoms of legionellosis?

Fever, Chills, cough: Patients with legionnaires' disease usually have fever, chills, and a cough, which may be dry or may produce sputum. Some patients also have muscle aches, headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, loss of coordination (ataxia), and occasionally diarrhea and vomiting. Confusion and impaired cognition may also occur as can a so-called 'relative bradycardia' in spite of high fever. ...Read more

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What are the tests for legionellosis?

The most useful test: To detect the bacteria in sputum,

find legionella antigens in urine samples (due to renal fibrosis), or the comparison of legionella antibody levels in two blood samples taken 3 to 6 weeks apart. A urine antigen test which is simple, quick, and very reliable will only detect legionella pneumophila serogroup 1, which accounts for 70% of disease cause by l. Pneumophila. ...Read more

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I have had legionnaire's disease and been treated with large doses of erythromycin. Is there any chance that the bacteria are still in my system, remaining a threat?

I have had legionnaire's disease and been treated with large doses of erythromycin. Is there any chance that the bacteria are still in my system, remaining a threat?

Illness: There is always a chance, but most likely not. Legionnaires is a disease that is treated with antibiotics, but if you have a strong immune system, you should develop antibodies to help protect if you were infected again. You could still get sick, but it would be much less serious. ...Read more

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Cannot find anything about treatment of legionellosis. Any help?

Quinolones, Macrolide: Current treatments of choice are the respiratory tract quinolones (levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, gemifloxacin) or newer macrolides (azithromycin, clarithromycin, roxithromycin). The antibiotics used most frequently have been Levofloxacin and azithromycin. Macrolides are used in all age groups while tetracyclines are prescribed for children above the age of 12 and quinolones above the age of 18. ...Read more

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Can legionellosis be cured easy?

Right antibiotic is: Very importenat. The mortality at the original american legion convention in 1976 was high (34 deaths in 180 infected individuals) because the antibiotics used (including penicillins, cephalosporins, and aminoglycosides) had poor intracellular penetration. Mortality has plunged to less than 5% if therapy is started quickly. Delay in giving the appropriate antibiotic leads to higher mortality. ...Read more

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What is prevention for legionellosis?

Log on: Please log on to my web. Www. Drernie. Co.cc. ...Read more

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Can legionellosis be cured easy?

Right antibiotic is: Very importenat. The mortality at the original american legion convention in 1976 was high (34 deaths in 180 infected individuals) because the antibiotics used (including penicillins, cephalosporins, and aminoglycosides) had poor intracellular penetration. Mortality has plunged to less than 5% if therapy is started quickly. Delay in giving the appropriate antibiotic leads to higher mortality. ...Read more

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What are the tests for legionellosis?

The most useful test: To detect the bacteria in sputum,

find legionella antigens in urine samples (due to renal fibrosis), or the comparison of legionella antibody levels in two blood samples taken 3 to 6 weeks apart. A urine antigen test which is simple, quick, and very reliable will only detect legionella pneumophila serogroup 1, which accounts for 70% of disease cause by l. Pneumophila. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of legionellosis?

Fever, Chills, cough: Patients with legionnaires' disease usually have fever, chills, and a cough, which may be dry or may produce sputum. Some patients also have muscle aches, headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, loss of coordination (ataxia), and occasionally diarrhea and vomiting. Confusion and impaired cognition may also occur as can a so-called 'relative bradycardia' in spite of high fever. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get legionellosis?

Uncommon, not rare: Legionnaires disease was discovered from an outbreak of pneumonia at a hotel in philly of veterans. The bacterium was found in the air-condition/heating ducts. Old, uncleaned, poorly filtered ducts are still a common source of infection by inhaling the organism. Fortunately, it is quite treatable. Symptoms would be the same as any pneumonia. Fever, shaking chills, prouductive cough, chest pain... ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Legionellosis?

Legionellosis: Legionellosis = Legionnaires' disease = atypical pneumonia caused by a bacteria called Legionella pneumophila. ...Read more

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What is prevention for legionellosis?

Log on: Please log on to my web. Www. Drernie. Co.cc. ...Read more

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Cannot find anything about treatment of legionellosis. Any help?

Quinolones, Macrolide: Current treatments of choice are the respiratory tract quinolones (levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, gemifloxacin) or newer macrolides (azithromycin, clarithromycin, roxithromycin). The antibiotics used most frequently have been Levofloxacin and azithromycin. Macrolides are used in all age groups while tetracyclines are prescribed for children above the age of 12 and quinolones above the age of 18. ...Read more

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What is m.R.S.A.?

What is m.R.S.A.?

See below: Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. It is a bacteria (s. Aureus) that is resistant to methicillin, an antibiotic. This makes it resistant to several other standard antibiotics and also gives it a unique virulence due to its genetics. ...Read more

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Can you die from s.V.T?

Can you die from s.V.T?

Usually not serious: Death from svt must be extremely rare, if ever. It is usually managed as outpatient. ...Read more

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What is sjögren’s syndrome?

What is sjögren’s syndrome?

Dryness arthritis: Typically it is dryness of eyes, mouth, arthritis, swelling of salivary glands. ...Read more

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My b/s is 564 what should I do?

My b/s is 564 what should I do?

Need to seek trtmt: I am not an expert here but having elevated blood sugars this high for too long can be life threatening and lead to permanent organ damage. Could land you in a diabetic coma. You need to seek medical attention with an internist, family practice doc, or endocrinologist to get this under check. ...Read more

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How is sjögren’s formally diagnosed?

How is sjögren’s formally diagnosed?

Several ways: History, physical examination, lab tests for sjogren's antibodies and on occasion a "lip biopsy" removing some minor salivary glands from inside the lower lip to examine them microscopically. ...Read more

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