Author: Gretchen Hinson, MD
- Legionnaires disease refers to a severe pneumonia caused by Legionella pneumophilia and occurs typically at the extremes of age
- Associated gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea/vomiting/diarrhea) may be present
- Hyponatremia is a common laboratory finding
- Legionella urinary antigen can be a convenient test to identify the infection
- Treatment is with fluoroquinolones, macrolides and/or tetracyclines
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