S. marcescens is accountable for approximately 2 % of nosocomial infections of the blood, urinary tract, respiratory tract, wounds, and skin in adult patients. S. marcescens wound infections, meningitis and arthritis occur in the neonates.

Serratia Marcescens Infection Causes


The primary risk factor for sepsis is prolonged hospitalization. Intra-venous, intra-peritoneal, or urinary catheters and instruments introduced in to the respiratory tract are chief hazards among in-patients. Urinary tract obstruction, diabetes, and renal failure are other associated risk factors.

Catheters introduced in to the urinary tract cause S. marcescens UTI.

Osteomyelitis and endocarditis is common amongst those who are addicted to heroin.

Intra-articular injections can set off arthritis related to S. marcescens.

Serratia respiratory infections develop after ventilation, bronchoscopy or ventilation, especially in patients who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Meningitis occurs due to trauma to the skull or after neuro-surgery, epidural injection, or a lumbar puncture.



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