8 Symptoms of Legionnaire’s disease

8. Neuropathy

It’s possible for Legionella also to affect the peripheral nervous system leading to peripheral neuropathy. It is a condition consisting of sensory and motor disorders. Sensory symptoms can range from numbness, tingling and pricking sensations (paresthesia). Motor symptoms include muscle weakness both in arms and legs.


Most often, there are two groups of symptoms among patients with Legionnaires disease: one is caused by high temperature and fever (chilliness, headache, muscle pain, exhaustion), and the other caused by infection of the respiratory tract (a cough, chest pain and shortness of breath). In severe cases, these are accompanied by gastrointestinal or nervous system symptoms.

Symptoms of Legionaire’s disease. Photo by Asier Relampagoe Studio

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Dr Aleksandar Grbović is a medical doctor from the Belgrade University, Faculty of Medicine. He is passionate about promoting medicine by bridging the gap between the patient’s and doctor’s point of view. Currently working in the biggest Occupational Medicine Institute in Serbia and attending the Radiology residency program.


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