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Avicenna J Med. 2018 Oct-Dec;8(4):157-159. doi: 10.4103/ajm.AJM_81_18.

Skull osteomyelitis as a rare complication of cat scratch disease.

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1
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Disease, Hurley Children's Hospital, Flint, MI, USA.
2
Department of Pediatrics, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA.
3
Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA.

Abstract

Bartonella henselae, the causative agent of cat scratch disease (CSD), is one of the most common causes of regional lymphadenitis in children. Other less common manifestations of B. henselae infection including fever of unknown origin, neuroretinitis, and osteomyelitis are being increasingly recognized. We describe a 3-year-old female with a recent history of typical CSD involving lymph nodes who developed osteomyelitis of the skull, a very rarely recognized complication of this infection.

KEYWORDS:

Bartonella henselae; cat scratch disease; osteomyelitis

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