What’s the Pathophysiology of Legionella Pneumonia?

Q: What’s the pathophysiology of legionella pneumonia?


A: Legionella pneumonia, or more formally called Legionnaires’ Disease, is a severe type of pneumonia (lung inflammation) caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila. First, the bacterium hides itself in some tiny water (usually warm). Then it goes to your lungs when you inhale those droplets. Next, the bacterium begins to harm your lungs. The whole process lasts 2 to 10 days. During the period, it can cause symptoms such as headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, cough, chest pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Don’t hesitate to ask for professional help; the disease could be deadly if untreated.


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