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Dr. John Munshower
30 years experience Family Medicine
No: They are not the same thing, but they are both gram negative, rod shaped bacterium in the enterobacter family.

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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Probably nothing: This is mostly a harmless bacteria. It probably doesn't mean anything at all. But discuss with the doctor who did the vaginal culture.
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
38 years experience Family Medicine
5 days.: Sinus infections are tough to treat because the blood supply to the sinuses is poor (the arteries are small). It may take 5 days of antibiotics befor ... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Commensals: Without white cells on a smear, very likely these are harmless microbes that just happened to be living there.
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Minghsun Liu
19 years experience Infectious Disease
Maybe but less likel: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is an immunomodulator and can certainly increase the chance for certain infections. I don't think it is a very signific ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Probably nothing: Transient colonization of the oro-pharynx with gram-negative bacteria may occur in normal individuals. If it persists it may be due to smoking or som ... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
25 years experience Infectious Disease
ID physician: S maltophilia is an organism of low virulence and frequently colonizes fluids used in the hospital setting and patient cultures. Serratia species are ... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Next step: strong dual antibiotic therapy. Call the physician who obtained the cultures and get a referrral to an infectious disease expert.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Velma Scantlebury
40 years experience Transplant Surgery
Stop immediately: I would not recommend using any instrument that is infected as you could introduce the organisms into your system.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Normal, no harm: Serratia marcescens is harmless, with very rare exceptions (e.g. blood infections in people with advanced cancer or chemotherapy). This and similar ba ... Read More

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