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Am J Emerg Med. 1991 Jan;9(1):52-3.

Cat-scratch disease: an unusual cause of combative behavior.

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Department of Surgery, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, Burlington 05401.

Abstract

Acute encephalitis is an unusual manifestation of cat-scratch disease. The authors present the case of a 27-year-old man who exhibited the acute onset of encephalitis manifested by violent behavior and confusion. The diagnosis of drug abuse was presumed initially, but a careful examination revealed the true cause to be cat-scratch disease. Emergency physicians are frequently faced with the challenging task of evaluating confused and combative patients. This case demonstrates the importance of a complete physical examination and a thorough laboratory evaluation.

PMID:
1985652
DOI:
10.1016/0735-6757(91)90016-d
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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