HABIB O. FARHOUDI, M.D.; TAZEWELL BANKS, M.D.; NAYAB ALI, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)
To the editor: Serratia marcescens has only recently been recognized as a potential pathogenic organism (1). Endocarditis caused by this Gram-negative motile rod is rather rare. Only 12 cases have been described so far (2, 3). We wish to report the 13th case and the first one to be treated sucessfully medically with gentamicin and carbenicillin.
A 42-year-old heroin addict, who used intravenous and subcutaneous routes of administration, was admitted to D.C. General Hospital because he had malaise, chills, and fever for 2 weeks. There was no history of rheumatic fever or heart disease. Physical examination showed the patient to
FARHOUDI HO, BANKS T, ALI N. Serratia marcescens Endocarditis: Successful Carbenicillin and Gentamicin Treatment. Ann Intern Med. ;78:776–777. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-5-776
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(5):776-777.
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