Cat-scratch disease

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Synonyms: Bartonellosis due to Bartonella henselae infection

Cat-scratch disease is a rare infectious disease caused by the Gram-negative bacteria Bartonella henselae that is transmitted to humans via a scratch or bite of an infected cat and that has a variable clinical presentation but that usually manifests with an erythematous papule at the site of inoculation followed by chronic regional lymphadenopathy. Clinical course is usually self-limiting but disseminated illness with high fever hepatosplenomegaly granulomatous osteolytic lesions encephalitis retinitis and atypical pneumonia can also occur. Cat-scratch disease can atypically present as parinaud oculoglandular syndrome (unilateral conjunctivitis and preauricular lymphadenopathy).

Data from Orphanet are used to provide information on a disease's name, synonym(s), and overview. Reference: Access aggregated data from Orphanet at Orphadata. Orphadata: Free access data from Orphanet. © INSERM 1999. Available on Data version July 2024

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