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Serratia rubidaea as a Rare Cause of Gram-Negative Bacteremia

Vijayakrishnan, Rajakrishnan MD; Kouser, Javeria MD; Abraham, George MD

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: September 2010 - Volume 18 - Issue 5 - p 336-337
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3181d2ee02
Case Reports

A 44-year-old immunocompetent woman was treated for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus causing abdominal wall cellulitis with incision/drainage and intravenous daptomycin delivered via a midline catheter. The patient presented 5 days later with abdominal pain and spiking fevers. A chest x-ray demonstrated a new right upper lobe infiltrate, and the blood culture grew Serratia rubidaea. The midline catheter was removed, and the patient was successfully treated with intravenous ceftazidime with clinical and bacteriological resolution. This case emphasizes the need to consider unusual species of Serratia in nosocomial sepsis.

From the Department of Medicine, Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA.

Correspondence to: Rajakrishnan Vijayakrishnan, MD, Saint Vincent Hospital, 123, Summer St, Worcester, MA 01608. E-mail:

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.