Spontaneous dermal abscesses and ulcers as a result of Serratia marcescens.

Friedman ND, Peterson NB, Sumner WT, Alexander BD
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2003 49 (2 Suppl Case Reports): S193-4

PMID: 12894121 · DOI:10.1067/mjd.2003.312

Serratia sp have only rarely been reported as isolates from leg ulcers. We describe the case of a middle-aged man with a medical history significant for alcohol-induced cirrhosis who presented with rapidly progressive skin ulcers initially starting as purple nodules. These skin ulcers and underlying dermal abscesses were found to be a result of S marcescens, with the presumed portal of entry being a toe-web infection.

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Abscess Acute Disease Anti-Bacterial Agents Biopsy, Needle Combined Modality Therapy Drainage Drug Therapy, Combination Follow-Up Studies Humans Leg Ulcer Male Middle Aged Risk Assessment Serratia Infections Serratia marcescens Severity of Illness Index Skin Ulcer Treatment Outcome

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