Serratia marcescens cellulitis in a patient on hemodialysis

Peter F. Bornstein, Anne Marie Ditto, Gary A Noskin*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

23 Scopus citations


Serratia marcescens is an infrequent cause of cellulitis with only 5 reported cases. Four of the 5 patients were immunocompromised. Additionally, the cellulitis usually occurred at a site contiguous with a wound. We report a case of S. marcescens cellulitis in a patient with end-stage renal disease on chronic hemodialysis. The initial presentation was a soft tissue infection that progressed to septic shock. Ultimately, the patient responded to antibiotics and surgical debridement of infected tissue. This case serves as a reminder to consider infections due to gram-negative bacilli as a cause of cellulitis in immunocompromised patients regardless of the presentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-376
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Nephrology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992


  • Cellulitis
  • Hemodialysis
  • Sepsis
  • Serratia tnarcescens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


Dive into the research topics of 'Serratia marcescens cellulitis in a patient on hemodialysis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this