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What is cat scratch disease?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Bacterial infection: Cat scratch disease is a bacterial uinfection caused by bartonella henselae and b. Clarridgeiae. There are 25, 000 cases annually in the us. It is characterized by a papule or pustule at the site of innoculation with swollen regional lymph node swelling. Csd is usually treated with a 5 day course of zithromax.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for cat scratch disease?

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Dr. Lee Perry
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Blood tests: Blood tests (bartonella henslae titers).
A 38-year-old member asked:

How can I know if have cat-scratch disease?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 50 years experience
Cat scratch disease: The most common symptom is an enlarged lymph node draining the area where the scratch (usually from an outside cat) . A host of other symptoms can occur including fever, retinitis and involvement of the liver.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How do you recover from cat scratch /disease?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Recovery.: Usually no treatment is required for cat scratch disease but antibiotics may be required in severe cases.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What sort of disease is cat scratch disease?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Cat scratch/bite ds: See the excellent information provided by the following website: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002581/ the info is straight-forward and generally in laymen's terms; so it is easily understandable. Bacterial infection from cat scratch/bite or saliva in wound or eye. Generally not serious.
A 35-year-old member asked:

My son has cat scratch disease. Where do I start?

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Dr. Michelle Chambers
Dermatology 40 years experience
Cat scratch: First see a doctor to ensure correct diagnosis if the swollen glands do not resolve in 6-8 weeks or if associated with severe systemic symptoms. Antibiotics have not been proven to change the course of the disease but can be treated with azithromycin, Doxycycline or ciprofloxacin.

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