A case of legionellosis during treatment with a TNFα antagonist

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We report a patient with Legionella pneumophila pneumonia after infliximab therapy for rheumatoid arthritis. Arguments are discussed for an emerging incidence of infections with intracellular microorganisms, granulomatous and non-granulomatous, in patients having received anti-TNFα therapy. These discussions consist of clinical and epidemiological data, experimental data in animals, theoretical evidence, and we provide a possible pathogenetic mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-311
Number of pages2
JournalScandinavian journal of infectious diseases
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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