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lung abscess associated with immune suppression

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Legionella species are a common cause of community‐acquired pneumonia, infrequently complicated by cavitary disease. We describe Legionella pneumophila pneumonia and abscess formation in an immunosuppressed patient receiving corticosteroid therapy for metastatic breast carcinoma. The predisposing role of corticosteroids is discussed and the management of this complication is reviewed.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Infectious Diseases, Western Health 2: Departments of Infectious Diseases 3: Medical Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication date: October 1, 2011

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