LAWRENCE MINTZ, M.D.; GEORGE H. MOLLETT, M.D.
Hematogenous vertebral osteomyelitis is a well-documented complication of parenteral heroin use (1-3). In this setting, Gram-negative bacilli such as Pseudomonas, Klebsiella, and Enterobacter have replaced Staphylococcus aureus as the prevailing etiologic organisms. In a recent 12-month period, three long-term heroin addicts with vertebral osteomyelitis due to Serratia marcescens were seen and treated at Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center and at the San Francisco General Hospital, and we report their cases here. Serratia marcescens is a rare cause of orthopedic infections in general and, to our knowledge, has been reported only once previously as the cause of osteomyelitis in a
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MINTZ L, MOLLETT GH. Serratia Vertebral Osteomyelitis in Narcotic Addicts. Ann Intern Med. 1975;83:668–669. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-5-668
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(5):668-669.
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