Iron plays a crucial role in the energy metabolism of microorganisms. Humans have developed iron-withholding mechanisms as a form of non-specific immunity. We describe a patient with iron overload and severe Legionella pneumophila pneumonia. This report emphasizes the importance of early consideration of and appropriate therapy against Legionella for patients with iron overload who present with community-acquired pneumonia.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases