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Severe Legionnaires disease complicated by multi-organ dysfunction in a previously healthy patient: a case report

Kays Kassha1*, Issam Abuanza2, Samer A Hadi3 and Roy Hilton2

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1 Surgical Department, Glan Clwyd Hospital, Rhuddlan Road, Rhyl, LL18 5UJ, UK

2 A&E Department, Glan Clwyd Hospital, Rhuddlan Road, Rhyl, LL18 5UJ, UK

3 Medical Department (COTE) Glan C lwyd Hospital, Rhuddlan Road, Rhyl, LL18 5UJ, UK

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Cases Journal 2009, 2:9151  doi:10.1186/1757-1626-2-9151

Published: 7 December 2009

Abstract

A case of a previously healthy lady with community-acquired pneumonia who progressed to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, acute renal failure, disseminated intravascular coagulation and sepsis is reported. Treatment with antibiotics and various modes of mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit were successful. A urinary legionella antigen test was positive for Legionella pneumophila.