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Pediatrics. 2008 May;121(5):e1413-25. doi: 10.1542/peds.2007-1897. Epub 2008 Apr 28.

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

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  • 1Division of General Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.


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 infection with Bartonella is expanding. This review summarizes current knowledge regarding the microbiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic techniques, and treatment of B. henselae infection.

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