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How is Legionnaires' disease diagnosed?

The diagnosis of Legionnaires' disease is the process of identifying a disease by its signs, symptoms and results of various diagnostic procedures. The conclusion reached through that process is also called a diagnosis. Typically, someone with abnormal symptoms will consult a physician, who will then obtain a history of their present illness and examine them for signs of disease. The physician will formulate a hypothesis of likely diagnoses and in many cases will obtain further testing to confirm or clarify the diagnosis before proceeding to render treatment. f Legionnaires' disease is suspected, several tests are available to reveal or indicate the presence of L. pneumophila bacteria in the body. Since the immune system creates antibodies against infectious agents, examining the blood for these indicators is a key test. The level of immunoglobulins, or antibody molecules, in the blood reveals the presence of infection. In microscopic examination of the patient's sputum, a fluorescent stain linked to antibodies against L. pneumophila can uncover the presence of the bacteria. Other means of revealing the bacteria's presence from patient sputum samples include isolation of the organism on culture media or detection of the bacteria by DNA probe. Another test detects L. pneumophila antigens in the urine.

 

More information on Legionnaires' disease

What is Legionnaires' disease? - Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia that is caused by Legionella, a bacterium found primarily in warm water environments.
What causes Legionnaires' disease? - Legionnaires' disease is caused by inhaling Legionella bacteria from the environment. The bacteria are dispersed in aerosols of contaminated water.
How is Legionnaires' disease transmitted? - Most people contract Legionnaires' disease by inhaling mist that comes from a water source contaminated with Legionella bacteria.
What're the symptoms of Legionnaires' disease? - The early symptoms of legionellosis may be flu-like with muscle aches, headaches, tiredness and a dry cough followed by a fever.
How is Legionnaires' disease diagnosed? - The diagnosis of Legionnaires' disease is the process of identifying a disease by its signs, symptoms and results of various diagnostic procedures.
What's the treatment for Legionnaires' disease? - The goal of treatment for Legionnaires' disease is to eliminate the infection with antibiotics. Treatment is started as soon as Legionnaire's disease is suspected.
How to prevent Legionnaires' disease? - People with compromised immune systems are at high risk for Legionnaires' disease. Vaccinations are being developed for use in high risk individuals.
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