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%.

17 Responses to Serratia Marcescens Symptoms

  • leanne says:

    Hi I have recently been diagnosed with serratia marcescens in my cervix after suffering with abdominal pain, passing blood in my urine, low iron and tiredness. I have not received any treatment yet as doctors don’t no why its there. I am worried. Is this dangerous?

    • DeadlyMicrobes says:

      Hi Leanne, Please get a second opinion and find a hospital with experience in infectious care. If you have been properly diagnosed, there are options for treatment that your doctor can provide. Serratia Marcenscens can be fatal in some cases, and the National Institutes of Health recently published a study which found a mortality rate of 39%. However most deaths occured due to septic shock from the infection which can be eliminated or controlled with proper, timely treatment.

      Again, please find a doctor who you trust and who knows how to treat this disease.

  • Maria Mccormack says:

    I was just diagnosed with serrita. I was diagnosed with beast cancer on September of 2012. I had 5 surgeries since September 2012. Today i learned that my infection is caused by serrita. I am at the hospital and they haven’t found the source of the infection or the medicine to treated. What should I do?

    • DeadlyMicrobes says:

      Maria, you need to have confidence in your doctor and the hospital. If you don’t … seek a second opinion. We’re a little confused as to what you mean by “my infection”. If the infection recently popped up, you should know that people sometimes contract serratia marcescens from improperly cleaned hospital instruments or poor sterilization methods in the operating room.

      As to what you should do .. you’re on the right track. Read, learn more about treatment options and be prepared when your doctor recommends treatment.

  • Marguerite Kuhn says:

    I recently submitted my sputum for a C&S and returned positive with an abundance of serratia marcescene. I am planning to go for pan culturing as I suspect all systems are affected based on my longstanding symptoms, afebrile though.
    I am post op one year now and post frontline chemo.
    Consider buying Avelox , one of the sensitive agents per the C&S panel. would prefer the beta lactam, must wait until my insurance kicks in to see an ID MD.
    Do I have to worry about vectoring ? how contagious is this microbe, I live currently with my 90 year old mother , a sister with three cats.
    Any advise will be helpful, thank you.

  • Samantha says:

    Hi! We’ve been staying in a motel the past few weeks because of career training. I’ve noticed that the provided hand towels have been mysteriously getting these bright pink stains on them the longer we use them. It’s been weirding me out so I’ll usually discard it and then we get new ones from the front desk. I was looking online about what could be causing this and came across this article. Do you think the bright pink stains are from this bacteria? Could it be caused by our soap or even our toothpaste (from the peroxide)? I’d appreciate a response because I don’t want our family to be exposed to this! Thanks so much!

    • DeadlyMicrobes says:

      Hi Samantha, I’m sorry you had to deal with that while out of town – that certainly makes things tougher. It’s very difficult to diagnose a situation like that … there are many variables. You are on the right track to replace the towels often and I would also suggest using anti-bacterial wipes instead. You might also ask others at the training if they’re experiencing the same problem. And bring it to the attention of the hotel management.

      It’s unlikely that the bacteria would survive the heat applied by the dryers used to launder the towels. It is possible, but given the consistency of this problem I believe there might be some other reaction occurring.

  • 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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