Can arthritis occur after Legionnaires’ disease?

My 62-year old brother has just spent 3 weeks in hospital fighting a very severe case of Legionnaires’ disease (which was initially diagnosed as flu and then pneumonia). He has been a smoker for years but, of course, has had to give that up. He is extremely weak having only been on the path to recovery for one week. He is also suffering side effects of Legionella suddenly, i.e. inflamed joints. A joint suddenly swells up and becomes very stiff, hot and painful. His right knee and both elbows are really bad at the moment. What can he do to expedite recovery?


Symptoms of joint pain after recovery is common, but inflamed joints that swell up are not. If he does not improve in a few weeks, he should see an arthritis specialist.