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. ;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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