Legionnaires' disease: clinical differentiation from typical and other atypical pneumonias

Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2010 Mar;24(1):73-105. doi: 10.1016/j.idc.2009.10.014.


This article describes the clinical differentiation of legionnaires' disease from typical and other atypical pneumonias, with reference to the history, microbiology, epidemiology, clinical presentation (including radiologic manifestations, clinical extrapulmonary features, nonspecific laboratory findings, clinical syndromic diagnosis, and differential diagnosis), therapy, complications, and prognosis of the disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Legionella pneumophila / isolation & purification*
  • Legionnaires' Disease / diagnosis*
  • Legionnaires' Disease / epidemiology
  • Legionnaires' Disease / pathology*
  • Legionnaires' Disease / therapy
  • Prognosis


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents