LEE R. BRETTMAN, M.D.; DEBORAH DEHERTOGH, M.D.; ELLIOT L. RANK, PH.D.; MONA A. MANDOUR, B.S.
To the editor: Parry and colleagues (1) recently reported five cases of nosocomial pneumonia due to Legionella bozemanii in immunosuppressed patients. We report a case of an empyema due to this organism occurring in a patient with an underlying lymphoma.
A 65-year-old man with a 12-year history of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was hospitalized because of left-sided pleuritic chest pain and fever of 5 days' duration. He denied having headache, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, or difficulty in walking. His medications included chlorambucil and prednisone (for 2 months).
Physical examination showed the patient to be chronically ill but alert and oriented. His temperature
BRETTMAN LR, DEHERTOGH D, RANK EL, MANDOUR MA. Legionella bozemanii and Empyema. Ann Intern Med. 1986;105:145–146. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-1-146_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(1):145-146.
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