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Positive serology to Legionella longbeachae in patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome


Konecny, P and Bell, AJ, Positive serology to Legionella longbeachae in patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 24, (6) pp. 678-681. ISSN 0310-057X (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/0310057X9602400608


In an observational study we measured the Legionella longbeachae antibody titre rise in patients mechanically ventilated for more than eight days during a two-month period. The patients were divided into two groups on the basis of the presence or absence of the adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). In nine patients with ARDS all showed an antibody rise consistent with recent infection with Legionella longbeachae with a rise in titre (six patients) or a high titre after eight to ten days of ventilation (three patients). Three patients without ARDS did not show a rise in titre. Culture of the environment, ventilator circuits, humidifiers and humidification water did not reveal an environmental source of Legionella longbeachae in the Intensive Care Unit. Legionella longbeachae may, be implicated as a pathogenic organism in ARDS, or as a secondary nosocomial infection. Alternatively the antibody titre rise may represent an epiphenomenon and may not be related to Legionella longbeachae infection.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Intensive care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bell, AJ (Dr Alexander Bell)
ID Code:7826
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Clinical Sciences
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-19

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