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Dr. Ira Katz
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Cat Scratch Fever (Definition)

Infectious disease caused by the bacterium bartonella henselae. It is most commonly found in children following a scratch or bite from a cat after about one to two weeks after the scratch. Lymph gland swelling in neck and under the arms are common. The disease is self-limiting, and is usually treated without anti-biotics in normal ...Read more


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How long does cat scratch disease last?

How long does cat scratch disease last?

Cat Scratch Disease: Symptoms may not appear for 1 week to 2 months after scratch or bite. When it is uncomplicated, symptoms usually last a month or less. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the main symptom of cat scratch disease and is it likely I have it?

Cat Scratch Disease: Sx's: fever, headache, fatigue, v appetite ; swollen lymph nodes. I don't know what your symptoms are or your risks for getting it. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cat scratch disease ?

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What are the symptoms of cat scratch disease ?

Swollen gland: Gland swelling is the predominant symptom in individuals with normal immune system. Fever is noted in approximately 30% of patients. ...Read more

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Just took my child to the doctor who diagnosed cat scratch disease. What is that? I need to tell the teacher.

Infection: Cat scratch disease is a bacterial infection due to bartonella henselae. It is not likely to be transmitted from child to child at school, particularly if your child is being treated. This disease is a zoonosis (transmitted from animals, usually cats, to humans, and not from human to human. ...Read more

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How can I know if have cat-scratch disease?

How can I know if have cat-scratch disease?

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. ...Read more

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What are some ways to treat cat scratch disease?

What are some ways to treat cat scratch disease?

Azithromycin: 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 azithromycin/zithromax. ...Read more

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If we treat my child's cat scratch disease will it be gone, or do I need to keep worrying?

Curable: Cat scratch disease is produced by a bacteria named bartonella henselae. It is quite treatable and curable and should not leave any permanent damages. ...Read more

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What to do if I have what seems to be permanent blurry vision in my right eye from cat-scratch disease. Are there any treatment?

What to do if I have what seems to be permanent blurry vision in my right eye from cat-scratch disease. Are there any treatment?

Retinal specialist: Bartonella henselae is a bacterial infection from cat scratch disease. This can cause swelling in the optic nerve and occasional leakage of retinal blood vessels. This causes visual loss from macular edema, which usually resolves and lipid (fat from blood) deposits in the macula- the central retin responsible for central vision. Sometimes this does not resolve. I would get it evaluated/treated. ...Read more

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My mom gets cat scratch disease, so am I likely to get it later?

?: Your question seems to suggest that your mom's condition is recurrent which is quite unusual. Cat scratch disease is an uncommon infection that usually affects immunocompromised people. Once treated it should go away for good. If your immune system is good you should not worry about it. Maybe she has something else? ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Cat Scratch Disease (Definition)

Cat scratch disease is an infectious illness caused by a bacteria found in cats. Symptoms include a tender and swollen lymph node, fever, chills, and headache. ...Read more