Serratia Marcescens Symptoms

Serratia Marcescens symptoms are very similar regardless of what disease the bacterium causes. Some common diseases include Serratia Sepsis, Serratia plymuthica, Serratia liquefaciens, Serratia rubidaea, Serratia odorifera, and Serratia fonticola.

Serratia marcescens is normally associated with nosocomial infections like catheter-associated bacteremia. In hospitalized adults, it is very common in urinary tract infections and sometimes in wound infections. Diagnosis in children often find the disease in the gastrointestinal system. Most in-hospital cases of Serratia marcescens involve newborn infants, people suffering from immunodeficiency, patients with widespread cancer throughout the body, leukaemia, or other serious chronic disease, and those with chronic neurological and urological issues are at greater risk than other patients.

Serratia Marcescens Symptoms: Serratia Sepsis

Common symptoms in patients suffering from Serratia Sepsis include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Respiratory distress
  • Shock

Fever is one of the most common causes of bacterial infection and should be treated immediately. In one rare case a 103° fever resulted in spontaneous abortion of an otherwise healthy fetus. The only other symptom of the mother was a general feeling of malaise.

Serratia Marcescens symptoms are commonly associated with urinary tract infections, but in 30% to 50% of reported cases, there are no symptoms to assist diagnosis. serratia marcescens symptoms
In cases where serrtia marcescens symptoms are observed, they include fever, frequent urination and pain during urination. In almost all cases of urinary tract infection, there was recent instrumentation of the urinary tract. Examples of such cases include treatment of urinary tract obstruction, renal failure and inspection of the urinary tract in diabetes patients.

Serratia Marcescens is also commonly found in respiratory tract infection. Here it can occur after some form of instrumentation associated with a hospital or doctor visit like ventilation or bronchoscopy. It is most common in patients with COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In very rare cases, pneumonia may occur.

child_with_s_marcescens_urinary_tract_infectionPremature children and infants with an existing diagnosis of sepsis, or after experiencing some kind of head surgery or neurosurgery may develop meningitis caused by Serratia Marcescens with symptoms including headache, fever, vomiting, stupor and may result in coma.

Serratia Marcescens is a particularly deadly bacteria, especially among drug abusers and addicts. In heroin addicts, the bacteria may cause endocarditis, which is inflammation of the heart wall linings, with symptoms including abnormal urine color, chills, excessive sweating, fatigue, fever, and joint pain. Mortality rate for these patients is very high.

For patients with Serratia Marcescens related bloodstream problems, the mortality rate is 26%.

10 Responses to Serratia Marcescens Symptoms

  • cathy varney says:

    i had lung lobectomy for cancer in 2011….I developed this infection Serratia Marcescens along with enterococcus and was back in the hospital for 8 days….very many antibiotic drips and a wound vac as well as going home with a wound vac and an in home nurse coming in 3 x’s a week for 3 weeks? it was very serious…..can this micro organism ever come back on me?

  • grace says:

    My mother has serratia marcescent in her sputum, but she dont have fever or indication of infection. Should she treat with antibiorics?

    • DeadlyMicrobes says:

      Please take anyone exhibiting signs of infection to a doctor or emergency room. Don’t try to diagnose or treat at home.

  • Eugenia Cortes says:

    My niece is 1 month old and her and my sister in law have been diagnosed with Serratia. My sister in law did had fever but the baby has no symptoms and she doesn’t have the bacteria in her blood only on her saliva both of them have been taking antibiotics but the babies diapers still turn pink, and the bottles still turn pink. Any idea why the antibiotics aren’t working and is it dangerous for the baby? Please let me know.

  • Linda K says:

    Have been told by the Environmental Services department of our water supplier that this is an airborne bacteria and to use a 1% chlorine bleach solution to remove from toilets showers, etc. We have a nasty taste to our tap water. Does anyone know if a whole house filter would eliminate this problem>

    • DeadlyMicrobes says:

      A micro filter will not kill bacteria. It is essentially a tight knit fabric or paper that traps solids but bacteria are microscopic and will pass through the filter. The only way to clean tap water is to boil for at least 4 minutes or use chlorine to purify.

  • Dr.Sujit kumar saha says:

    A 26 year male admitted under me with fever,chill,intense headache, occassional vomiting,jaundice for 6days.Not associated with cough,respiratory distress,pain in abdomen.Not complaining of any urinary symtoms Not immnocompromised nor iv drug addict.Not catheterised.Urinary culture shows florid growth of seretia marcescens.

    This is actually an uncommon community acquired seretia related uti.

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