RAYMOND STRIKAS, M.D.; MATTHEW R. SEIFERT, M.D.; JOSEPH R. LENTINO, M.D., Ph.D.
Only one patient has been reported to have an unexplained hemolytic anemia in the presence of Legionella pneumophila infection (1). We report a case of autoimmune hemolytic anemia consequent to L. pneumophila pneumonitis.
A 44-year-old man presented on 15 November 1981 with a temperature of 40°C, chills, myalgia, and productive cough of 6 days' duration. He had been treated with cephalexin, triprolidine hydrochloride and pseudoephedrine hydrochloride, and acetaminophen without improvement. Findings on physical examination included a rectal temperature of 37.4°C, mild scleral icterus and decreased breath sounds in the right base with dullness to percussion, egophony, whispered pectoriloquy, and rales
STRIKAS R, SEIFERT MR, LENTINO JR. Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia and Legionella pneumophila Pneumonia. Ann Intern Med. 1983;99:345. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-3-345
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(3):345.
Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, Pneumonia, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Red Cell Disorders.
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