Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Legionnaire's Disease Underlying Cause

Legionnaire's disease is an infection of the lungs caused by the bacteria, Legionella pneumophila. The infection results in inflammation and swelling of the lung, which causes fluid to collect in the lungs. The fluid blocks oxygen from passing into the bloodstream.

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Last Updated: Mar 24, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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