Cavitary Legionella pneumonia in a liver transplant recipient

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Abstract

This report describes the clinical course of a liver transplant recipient in whom cavitary pneumonia developed due to Legionella pneumophila. We review the experience with cavitary pulmonary processes caused by Legionella species in liver allograft recipients and describe the diagnostic microbiology of this organism. The clinical course of this patient demonstrates the importance of considering legionellosis in the differential diagnosis of lung abscesses after liver transplantation and the diagnostic difficulties encountered with this bacterium.

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