Serratia marcescens: an unusual pathogen associated with snakebite cellulitis

  • Parimala Subramani Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, Tamaka, Kolar, India
  • Gokul Bindiganavile Narasimhamurthy Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, Tamaka, Kolar, India
  • Bhaskaran Ashokan Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, Tamaka, Kolar, India
  • Beena Prasavangada Madappa Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, Tamaka, Kolar, India

Abstract

This study reports a case of Serratia marcescens cellulitis following a snakebite in a 50-year-old woman. The bite was on the dorsum of the right hand with symptoms of envenomation. She developed swelling and cellulitis with tissue necrosis. Wound debridement was performed.  Pus and tissue biopsy cultures yielded Serratia marcescens sensitive to fluoroquinolones, aminoglycosides, third-generation cephalosporins and carbapenems. The patient responded to anti-snake venom (ASV) therapy, ciprofloxacin, local wound management and recovered uneventfully.

Author Biographies

Parimala Subramani, Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, Tamaka, Kolar, India

Department : Microbiology

Rank: Assistant Professor

 

Gokul Bindiganavile Narasimhamurthy, Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, Tamaka, Kolar, India

Department : Microbiology

Rank: Professor

Bhaskaran Ashokan, Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, Tamaka, Kolar, India

Department : Surgery

Rank: Professor & Head of the Department

Beena Prasavangada Madappa, Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, Tamaka, Kolar, India

Department : Microbiology

Rank: Professor & Head of the Department

Published
2013-02-15
How to Cite
Subramani P, Narasimhamurthy G, Ashokan B, Madappa B (2013) Serratia marcescens: an unusual pathogen associated with snakebite cellulitis. The Journal Of Infection In Developing Countries 7 (02): 152-154. https://doi.org/10.3855/jidc.2586
Section
Case Reports

Keywords

snake bite; cellulitis; Serratia marcescens