1 doctor weighed in:

Could a cat scratch be cause of death?

1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Yes

The bacterial infection called cat scratch fever sometimes kills especially by causing an encephalopathy.
An aggressive bacterial infection due to a cat scratch, as by some staphylococci, can kill in a few days; or an untreated infection by a more common bacterium might also turn septic and cause death. Of course these are rare; just do first-aid for the injury and watch it.

In brief: Yes

The bacterial infection called cat scratch fever sometimes kills especially by causing an encephalopathy.
An aggressive bacterial infection due to a cat scratch, as by some staphylococci, can kill in a few days; or an untreated infection by a more common bacterium might also turn septic and cause death. Of course these are rare; just do first-aid for the injury and watch it.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Christopher Crosby
Board Certified, Dermatology
12 years in practice
93K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors