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Transverse Myelitis in 2 Patients With <i>Bartonella henselae</i> Infection (Cat Scratch Disease)

Peter Baylor, Anastasia Garoufi, Themistoclis Karpathios, Jon Lutz, Jeffrey Mogelof and Dennis Moseley

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 45, issue 4, pages e42-e45
Published in print August 2007 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online August 2007 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1086/519998
Transverse Myelitis in 2 Patients With Bartonella henselae Infection (Cat Scratch Disease)

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Cat scratch disease is usually a benign, self-limiting condition. Neurological manifestations are uncommon and may consist of encephalopathy, seizures, and coma. This report describes 2 cases of transverse myelitis: 1 case in a 46-year-old man who had lymph node biopsy and serological testing results that were positive for Bartonella henselae and 1 case in a 13-year-old adolescent boy who had serological testing results that were positive for B. henselae. These are 2 of the only 3 cases of transverse myelitis associated with cat scratch disease that have been reported since the causative organism was first reported.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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