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  • Legionnaires Disease

    Pathophysiology: Legionnaires’ disease is a serious lung infection caused by Legionella bacteria. Legionnaires' disease, also known as legionellosis or Legion fever. Over 90% of cases of Legionnaires'disease are caused by Legionella pneumophila. These bacterial species can be water-borne or present in soil, whereas L. pneumophila has only been found in aquatic systems, where it is symbiotically present in aquatic-borne amoebae. It thrives in temperatures between 25 and 45 °C (77 and 113 °F), with an optimum temperature of 35 °C (95 °F).

  • Legionnaires Disease

    Treatment: People of any age may suffer from Legionnaires' disease, but the illness most often affects middle-aged and older persons, particularly those who smoke cigarettes or have chronic lung disease. Immunocompromised people are also at higher risk. Pontiac fever most commonly occurs in persons who are otherwise healthy. A significant under-reporting problem occurs with legionellosis. Even in countries with effective health services and readily available diagnostic testing, about 90 percent of cases of Legionnaires' disease are missed.

  • Legionnaires Disease

    A retrospective study of 22 Chiari osteotomies in 21 children with severe Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is presented. All cases were studied at skeletal maturity. The average age at surgery was 8.5 years with an average follow-up of 6.1 years. Four hips were classified as Catterall group III and the remaining hips as group IV. Arthrography was used preoperatively to measure the femoral head sphericity, the femoral head coverage and the eccentric index. The same parameters were studied on radiographs at skeletal maturity. 

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