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What are the tests for legionellosis?
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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