Cat scratch disease : an underestimated diagnosis

Abstract

Introduction: Cat scratch disease is a rare and frequently underestimated cause of lymphadenopathy, which may occur also in the head and neck. The infection is most commonly caused by intracellular bacilli Bartonella, transmitted by domestic animals. Aim: We present a case report of a patient treated in the Department of Otolaryngology UJ CM in Krakow. The patient presented with a neck tumor. Due to unclear clinical manifestation he underwent surgical treatment. The postoperative histopathological examination suggested cat scratch disease. In detailed anamnesis the patient admitted contact with cats and dogs in his household. No posoperative complications were observed. Conclusions: In every case of neck tumor it is advisable to consider cat scratch disease, remembering that exclusion of a neoplastic process remains a priority

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