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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 738-740
A very rare pathogen in peritoneal dialysis peritonitis: Serratia liquefaciens

1 Department of Nephrology, Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
2 Department of Infectious Diseases, Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

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Ozant Helvaci
Department of Nephrology, Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-2442.261363

PMID: 31249244

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Peritoneal dialysis (PD) peritonitis has been decreasing in frequency in recent years. However, it still causes significant morbidity and mortality. Nearly 1%–6% of all peritonitis attacks result in death. Hospitalizations, loss of PD access, and intravascular catheter insertion for hemodialysis are some examples of morbidity. Approximately 15%–20% of the infectious mortality of PD patients is attributed to peritonitis. The responsible pathogens are usually Gram-positive bacteria, but unusual pathogens may be present. Prognosis is worse when Gram-negative and fungal pathogens are involved. We report a case of Serratia liquefaciens peritonitis due to defiance of hygienic practices which presented with severe abdominal pain and fever and led to loss of PD access.

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