Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 2015; 17(1):52-56
Objective. To assess efficacy of PCR for detection of Legionella in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid obtained from hematological patients with pneumonia and acute respiratory failure.
Materials and Methods. A total of 79 BAL samples collected from the hospitalized hematological patients with pneumonia and acute respiratory failure (during the 2011–2014) were analyzed using PCR. All BAL samples have been tested for legionellosis by culture immediately after collection, and then stored at –70 °C.