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CASE REPORT
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 52-54

Nonpigment producing Serratia marcescens causing discitis following lumbar endoscopic discectomy


1 Department of Microbiology, B.K.L Walawalkar Hospital, Diagnostic and Research Centre, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Orthopaedics, B.K.L Walawalkar Hospital, Diagnostic and Research Centre, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Anaesthesia, Goa Medical College, Goa, India

Correspondence Address:
Gaurav Salunke
Department of Microbiology, B.K.L Walawalkar Hospital, Diagnostic and Research Centre, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-1282.158811

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In contrary to the belief that less invasive modalities offer reasonable success rates with minimal infection complications, discitis after lumbar endoscopic discectomies occurs in 2-3% of patients. We present a rare case of post-operative discitis, due to non-pigment producing Serratia marcescens in a female patient who had undergone single level lumbar endoscopic discectomy 6 weeks back. The patient was able to completely resume her activities 12 weeks after surgical irrigation and debridement, appropriate antibiotics and strict bed rest. Our case sheds light on a serious complication after a minimally invasive surgery by a relatively rare pathogen and highlights its clinical significance.


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