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Legionella micdadei (Pittsburgh Pneumonia Agent) Infection in Nonimmunosuppressed Patients with Pneumonia

MARK D. ARONSON, M.D.; ANTHONY L. KOMAROFF, M.D.; A. WILLIAM PASCULLE, Sc.D.; and RICHARD L. MYEROWITZ, M.D.
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Supported by grant HS 02063 from the National Center for Health Services Research, by grants from the Commonwealth Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and by grant AI-17047 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Mark D. Aronson, M.D.; Beth Israel Hospital, 330 Brookline Avenue; Boston, MA 02215.


The Beth Israel Hospital and the Brigham and Women's Hospital; Boston, Massachusetts. Presbyterian-University Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(4_Part_1):485-486. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-94-4-485
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During a study of community-acquired pneumonia conducted between December 1977 and October 1978, two nonimmunosuppressed patients with pneumonia and serologic evidence of Legionella micdadei infection were discovered. Pneumonia attributed to this organism, formerly called TATLOCK, HEBA (1), and "Pittsburgh pneumonia agent"(2), has been reported previously only in 13 immunosuppressed patients (3, 4).

Thirty-seven patients admitted with pneumonia and 38 control subjects (patients with pulmonary disease or a presenting complaint of cough who did not have pneumonia) were studied. None were receiving steroids or immunosuppressive therapy. Bacteriologic data were obtained as part of their routine care in the hospital. Single or

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