Legionnaires' disease associated with acute encephalomyelitis

Arch Neurol. 1981 Jul;38(7):462-3. doi: 10.1001/archneur.1981.00510070096021.


A 26-year-old man had Legionnaires' disease associated with encephalomyelitis and abnormal CSF. Neurologic symptoms antedated the appearance of the pulmonary infiltrate and have persisted despite appropriate antibiotic therapy. A review of the literature revealed only one other similar case. Legionnaires' disease should be considered in the differential diagnosis of encephalomyelitis even in the absence of a pneumonic infiltrate.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Encephalomyelitis / complications*
  • Encephalomyelitis / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Legionnaires' Disease / complications*
  • Legionnaires' Disease / diagnosis
  • Male