Recurrent peritonitis caused by Serratia marcescens in a diabetic patient receiving continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis
Connacher, A.A.; Old, D.C.; Phillips, G.; Stewart, W.K.; Grimont, F.; Grimont, P.A.
Journal of Hospital Infection 11(2): 155-160
ISSN/ISBN: 0195-6701 PMID: 2896684 DOI: 10.1016/0195-6701(88)90058-8
A diabetic patient treated by continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis for end-stage renal failure had recurrent peritonitis caused by Serratia marcescens. Thirty-eight isolates of S. marcescens recovered over a 14-month period from peritoneal-dialysis effluent, catheter tips and catheter-exit sites were biotyped and serotyped. The finding that most (90%) of these isolates belonged to the same biotype and serotype suggested that the patient had relapsing infections with the same strain. Similar isolates were recovered from the peritoneal dialysates of another two patients in the same ward, neither of whom developed Serratia-associated peritonitis.