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Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3181e85de6
Case Reports

A Case of Legionella longbeachae Pneumonia Complicated by Rhabdomyolysis and Acute Renal Failure Requiring Hemodialysis

Clark, Benjamin M. MBChB, MRCP (UK), FRACP, DTM&H*; Boan, Peter MBBS, FRACP†; Kulkarni, Hemant A. MD, MRCP (UK), FRACP‡

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We describe a case of pneumonia due to Legionella longbeachae complicated by rhabdomyolysis and acute renal failure requiring hemodialysis. The infection occurred in a 61-year-old man from Fremantle, Western Australia after exposure to potting mix while gardening. Whereas Legionella pneumophila is a rare but well-described cause of rhabdomyolysis and renal failure, we believe this to be the first case reported in the English language literature caused by L. longbeachae. The case illustrates the ongoing dangers to gardeners in Australia if advised precautions against Legionella infection are not followed.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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