Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pneumonia Legionnaire's Evaluation

A medical evaluation of Legionnaire's disease will begin with a history and physical examination.

A history of personal contacts with the same symptoms, diarrhea and exposure to a suspicious water source are important clues to this disease.

Physical findings in someone with Legionnaire's disease may include:

  • Wheezing
  • Abnormal lung sounds:
    • During examination with a stethoscope
  • Increased breathing rate
  • High fever

Tests are necessary to make the diagnosis of Legionnaire's disease.

Tests that may be used to evaluate Legionnaire's disease include:

Additional tests that may be used to evaluate Legionnaire's disease include:

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Pneumonia Legionnaire's References
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