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Microbiological diagnosis of respiratory infections caused by Legionella pneumophila

Natalia Rokosz, Waldemar Rastawicki, Aleksandra Anna Zasada, Milena Baczewska-Rej
Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2010;78(1):54-59.

open access

Vol 78, No 1 (2010)
REVIEWS
Published online: 2010-01-29
Submitted: 2013-02-22

Abstract

Legionella pneumophila is an important causative agent of pneumonia in humans which is difficult to diagnose because the signs and symptoms are nonspecific and do not distinguish Legionella infection from other common causes of pneumonia. Currently, the diagnosis of Legionnaires’ disease is based on phenotyping (culture, antibody detection in human sera, antigen detection in urine) and genotyping methods such as PCR (polymerase chain reaction). This review focuses on current diagnostic tests for surveillance of Legionella pneumophila infections in Poland.

Abstract

Legionella pneumophila is an important causative agent of pneumonia in humans which is difficult to diagnose because the signs and symptoms are nonspecific and do not distinguish Legionella infection from other common causes of pneumonia. Currently, the diagnosis of Legionnaires’ disease is based on phenotyping (culture, antibody detection in human sera, antigen detection in urine) and genotyping methods such as PCR (polymerase chain reaction). This review focuses on current diagnostic tests for surveillance of Legionella pneumophila infections in Poland.
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Keywords

Legionella pneumophila; Legionnaires’disease; legionellosis; laboratory evidence of Legionella infection; pulmonary infection

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Title

Microbiological diagnosis of respiratory infections caused by Legionella pneumophila

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 78, No 1 (2010)

Pages

54-59

Published online

2010-01-29

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2010;78(1):54-59.

Keywords

Legionella pneumophila
Legionnaires’disease
legionellosis
laboratory evidence of Legionella infection
pulmonary infection

Authors

Natalia Rokosz
Waldemar Rastawicki
Aleksandra Anna Zasada
Milena Baczewska-Rej

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