Serratia marcessens infection presenting with papillovesicular rash similar to varicella zoster infection: a case report

Bahadır A., Erduran E.

NORTHERN CLINICS OF ISTANBUL, vol.2, no.1, pp.55-58, 2015 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.14744/nci.2015.27928
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.55-58
  • Keywords: Catheter, leukemia, papillovesicular rash, serratia, varicella
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


According to the literature, skin manifestations related to Serratia marcessens infections are rarely seen, and observed mostly in immunosuppressed adult patients. Cellulitis, abscess, granulomataus lesions have been reported as skin manifestations of Serratia infections. In our 2 cases with leukemia, papillovesicular rashes were observed resembling those of varicella zoster infection. Serratia marcessens was grown on blood cultures of patients susceptible to meropenem. The patients recovered from the rashes rapidly after treatment. Based on the absence of similar case reports in the literature, we report these two pediatric cases to emphasize that Serratia marcessens infections can present with papillovesicular rash similar to that seen in varicella zoster infections.