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What are the long term side effects of legionnaires disease?  I heard that asthma is one side effect.

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Death

Legionnaire's disease is a severe bacterial pneumonia.
There are effective antibiotics but the death rate for persons over age 50 hospitalized with this form of pneumonia is reported to lie between 5-30%. Kidney injury has been reported after legionnaire's disease but I have not seen any patients who developed asthma after having this disease.

In brief: Death

Legionnaire's disease is a severe bacterial pneumonia.
There are effective antibiotics but the death rate for persons over age 50 hospitalized with this form of pneumonia is reported to lie between 5-30%. Kidney injury has been reported after legionnaire's disease but I have not seen any patients who developed asthma after having this disease.
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: Usually death...

The major long term consequence of legionella pneumonae is death or post infectious complications such as kidney failure, pulmonary fibrosis from severe pneumonia, etc.
There a mouse study that demonstrated emphysematous changes and bronchiectasis in untreated mice, but there are no case reports of asthma as a sequelae (consequence).

In brief: Usually death...

The major long term consequence of legionella pneumonae is death or post infectious complications such as kidney failure, pulmonary fibrosis from severe pneumonia, etc.
There a mouse study that demonstrated emphysematous changes and bronchiectasis in untreated mice, but there are no case reports of asthma as a sequelae (consequence).
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