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What clinical syndromes does legionella pneumophila cause?
What are most legionella infections caused by?
>80% of all infections are due to L. pneumophila serogroup 1
What is the biology of legionella pneuomophila?
Gram negative rod
What types of involvement should you look for if suspecting legionella?
For boards: Hyponatremia (<130), diarrhea, pneumonia = Legionairres
GI/CNS involvement along with atypical pneumonia respiratory symptoms
Where is legionella usually found?
Commonly in A/C units
How is legionella transmitted?
Inhalation of contaminated aerosols
Person to person transmission is rare
What causes most of the damage in legionella infections?
Host inflammatory response
What stain do we use for legionella?
Methylamine Silver Stain
What lab tests are used for dx of Legionnaires'?
Urinary antigen test
Respiratory culture if UAT is negative
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