Ventriculoperitoneal shunt infection due to Serratia marcescens

Andrew A. Bremer, Rabih O. Darouiche

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Serratia marcescens is an opportunistic Gram-negative bacillus that is most often associated with infections of the respiratory tract, urinary tract, wounds, and bloodstream. Infections of the central nervous system (CNS) with this pathogen are exceedingly infrequent. Even more rare is the association of S. marcescens with infections of ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts. To the best of our knowledge, we describe in this report not only the first case of a VP shunt infection by S. marcescens in an adult, but also the first case of a VP shunt infection by this organism in the absence of bowel perforation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-141
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Infection
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Abdominal abscess
  • Case report
  • Infection
  • Pleural effusion
  • Serratia marcescens
  • Ventriculoperitoneal shunt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases


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