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Year : 1997
Tome : 148
Volume : 5
Pages : 445-450
Title : Serratia marcescens bacteremia in a dog.
Authors : P BROY, A. DIQUELOU, I. RAYMOND et O. DOSSIN.
Summary : A dog was refered to Toulouse Veterinary School with a complain of lethargy and hyperthermia unresponsive to previous antibiotherapy. In front of clinical examination and clinical pathology results, bacteremia was suspected and further confirmed after identification of Serratia marcescens in blood and urine cultures. Despite treatment, disseminated intravascular coagulation due to bacteremia developed and caused the death of the dog. This bacteria is rarely involved in canine medicine but is a frequent agent of nosocomial infections in human medicine. The route of entry of Serratia marcescens was not clearly identified. Nevertheless two sites of systemic embolization were found : one on valvular endocardium and another in epididymis. The route of entry of Serratia marcescens, the different ways of dissemination and the differential diagnosis of bacteremia are discussed.
Keywords : bacteremia - Serratia marcescens - disseminated intravascular coagulation - dog.
Correspondence : O. DOSSIN.
Adress : Dpartement des Sciences Cliniques, Unit de Mdecine des Carnivores, Ecole Nationale Vtrinaire, 23 chemin des Capelles, F-31076 Toulouse cedex.

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