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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2015, Article ID 347652, 3 pages
Case Report

Severe Osteomyelitis and Septic Arthritis due to Serratia marcescens in an Immunocompetent Patient

Department of Internal Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital, 2799 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48202, USA

Received 29 March 2015; Accepted 4 June 2015

Academic Editor: Paola Di Carlo

Copyright © 2015 Hiba Hadid et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Septic arthritis and osteomyelitis due to Serratia marcescens in immunocompetent patients without risk factors are extremely rare. Here, we report a case of septic arthritis and severe adjacent osteomyelitis of the tibia due to Serratia marcescens in a diabetic community-dweller patient. The patient had no contact with healthcare workers or facilities and had no chronic disease except for poorly controlled diabetes. Without predisposing risk factors, this type of infection is extremely rare, even in diabetics.