Acute dermal abscesses caused by Serratia marcescens

Xavier Soria, Isabel Bielsa, Miquel Ribera, María José Herrero, Helena Domingo, José Manuel Carrascosa, Carlos Ferrándiz

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Primary acute cutaneous infections caused by Serratia marcescens are extremely unusual. Nevertheless, Serratia infections are especially frequent in chronic granulomatous disease, which is a primary immunodeficiency that affects phagocytic cells of the innate immune system. We report a young man without history of infections, who developed multiple dermal abscesses on a leg with chronic lymphoedema attributed to S marcescens. Laboratory investigations showed a delayed partial neutrophilic oxidative function. It is remarkable that the patient did not have any other infections during childhood, when most of the innate immune deficiencies are diagnosed, and he had no history of granulomatous lesions. We hypothesize that the delayed neutrophilic oxidative function could be explained by a partial neutrophilic oxidative function, which could be enough to maintain the patient asymptomatic until this infection. © 2008 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)891-893
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2008


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