Legionnaires' disease after bone marrow transplantation.

J. Meletis, G. Arlet, E. Dournon, S. Pol, A. Devergie, Claude Sportes, M. N. Peraldi, C. Mayaud, Y. Perol, E. Gluckman

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Abstract

Four patients developed legionnaires' disease after bone marrow transplantation. Two cases occurred early after transplant and were considered as part of a hospital epidemic due to contamination of water supply. The other two cases were considered to be sporadic because they occurred 3-4 weeks after hospital discharge. The outcome was good in two patients. In the third patient, recurrent disease was probably due to acquired resistance to macrolides, and complete cure was achieved after treatment with pefloxacin and rifampicin. The fourth patient died of overwhelming infection despite early treatment with erythromycin and pefloxacin. During the same period we treated 14 patients with pefloxacin for prevention of bacterial infection, of whom none developed Legionella pneumophila infection, while three of the patients reported here were in a group of 11 patients who received only oral non-absorbable antibiotics for gut decontamination. The fourth patient in this report was receiving no antibiotics. Thus pefloxacin seems to be effective as prophylaxis against L. pneumophila infection. When the hospital water supply was heated to 60 degrees C and chlorinated, the nosocomial cases in the hospital completely disappeared.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-313
Number of pages7
JournalBone Marrow Transplantation
Volume2
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Legionnaires' Disease
Bone Marrow Transplantation
Pefloxacin
Water Supply
Hospital Equipment and Supplies
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Decontamination
Macrolides
Erythromycin
Rifampin
Bacterial Infections
Transplants

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  • Hematology
  • Transplantation

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Meletis, J., Arlet, G., Dournon, E., Pol, S., Devergie, A., Sportes, C., ... Gluckman, E. (1987). Legionnaires' disease after bone marrow transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 2(3), 307-313.

Legionnaires' disease after bone marrow transplantation. / Meletis, J.; Arlet, G.; Dournon, E.; Pol, S.; Devergie, A.; Sportes, Claude; Peraldi, M. N.; Mayaud, C.; Perol, Y.; Gluckman, E.

In: Bone Marrow Transplantation, Vol. 2, No. 3, 01.01.1987, p. 307-313.

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Meletis, J, Arlet, G, Dournon, E, Pol, S, Devergie, A, Sportes, C, Peraldi, MN, Mayaud, C, Perol, Y & Gluckman, E 1987, 'Legionnaires' disease after bone marrow transplantation.', Bone Marrow Transplantation, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 307-313.
Meletis J, Arlet G, Dournon E, Pol S, Devergie A, Sportes C et al. Legionnaires' disease after bone marrow transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplantation. 1987 Jan 1;2(3):307-313.
Meletis, J. ; Arlet, G. ; Dournon, E. ; Pol, S. ; Devergie, A. ; Sportes, Claude ; Peraldi, M. N. ; Mayaud, C. ; Perol, Y. ; Gluckman, E. / Legionnaires' disease after bone marrow transplantation. In: Bone Marrow Transplantation. 1987 ; Vol. 2, No. 3. pp. 307-313.
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