Cat Scratch Disease

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Cat Scratch Disease

Cat scratch disease is an infectious illness caused by the bacteria bartonella. It is believed to be transmitted by cat scratches, bites, or exposure to cat saliva. This self-limiting infectious disease is characterized by swelling and pain in the lymph nodes. Although cat-scratch disease usually subsides without treatment, antibiotic and/or antimicrobial therapy may speed recovery.
 

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The terms "Cat Scratch Disease" returned 133 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Cat scratch disease as fever of unknown origin].
 

Author(s): Salomé Santarcángelo, Rubén Sosa, Patricia Dondoglio, Lidia E Valle, Daniel Navacchia

Journal: Rev Chilena Infectol. 2013 Aug;30(4):441-5.

 

The cat scratch disease is a relatively rare disease caused by Bartonella henselae. Only a small proportion of the cases that described extranodal involvement occurs. We report a 11 year old male patient with persistent fever, liver and osteoarticular involvement with a predominance ...

Last Updated: 19 Nov 2013

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Cat scratch disease caused by Bartonella grahamii in an immunocompromised patient.
 

Author(s): Jarmo Oksi, Sari Rantala, Sanna Kilpinen, Raija Silvennoinen, Martine Vornanen, Ville Veikkolainen, Erkki Eerola, Arto Tapio Pulliainen

Journal: J. Clin. Microbiol.. 2013 Aug;51(8):2781-4.

 

Bartonella grahamii colonizes rodents worldwide and has been detected in questing Ixodes ricinus ticks. Here, the first human B. grahamii infection confirmed by multilocus sequence typing is reported. The route of transmission and clinical picture of the patient are similar to those ...

Last Updated: 17 Jul 2013

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A case of cat-scratch disease with unusual ophthalmic manifestations.
 

Author(s): Nicola G Ghazi, Waler A Sams

Journal: Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol. ;19(2):243-6.

 

We report a case of cat-scratch disease with unusual posterior segment manifestations. A 12-year-old healthy male presented with three weeks history of decreased visual acuity in the right eye. A significant history of cat exposure and elevated Bartonella titers were present. A large ...

Last Updated: 24 May 2012

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The terms "Cat Scratch Disease" returned 9 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Cat-scratch disease presenting as a solitary splenic abscess in an immunocompetent adult: case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Dimitrios Anyfantakis, Miltiades Kastanakis, Alexandros Papadomichelakis, Georgios Petrakis, Emmanouil Bobolakis

Journal: Infez Med. 2013 Jun;21(2):130-3.

 

Cat-scratch disease is a common zoonotic infectious disease caused by Bartonella henselae. It is generally characterized by regional lymphadenopathy following exposure to an infected cat. Organ systemic manifestations occur rarely in atypical forms of the disease. Abscess of the spleen ...

Last Updated: 18 Jun 2013

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Cat-scratch Disease.
 

Author(s): Stephen A Klotz, Voichita Ianas, Sean P Elliott

Journal: Am Fam Physician. 2011 Jan;83(2):152-5.

 

Cat-scratch disease is a common infection that usually presents as tender lymphadenopathy. It should be included in the differential diagnosis of fever of unknown origin and any lymphadenopathy syndrome. Asymptomatic, bacteremic cats with Bartonella henselae in their saliva serve ...

Last Updated: 19 Jan 2011

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Beyond cat scratch disease: widening spectrum of Bartonella henselae infection.
 

Author(s): Todd A Florin, Theoklis E Zaoutis, Lisa B Zaoutis

Journal: Pediatrics. 2008 May;121(5):e1413-25.

 

Bartonella henselae was discovered a quarter of a century ago as the causative agent of cat scratch disease, a clinical entity described in the literature for more than half a century. As diagnostic techniques improve, our knowledge of the spectrum of clinical disease resulting from ...

Last Updated: 2 May 2008

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The Efficacy of Prednisone and Azithromycin in the Treatment of Patients With Cat Scratch Disease
 

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Condition Summary: Cat-scratch Disease; Bartonella Infections

 

Last Updated: 10 Nov 2011

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