Disseminated cat scratch disease with vertebral osteomyelitis and epidural abscess

Nahed Abdel-Haq, Walid Abuhammour, Hossam Al-Tatari, Basim Asmar

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A 5-year-old boy with cat scratch disease presented with fever of unknown origin and osteomyelitis of the thoracic spine and epidural abscess. He did not have localizing signs or symptoms. Computed tomography of the abdomen, which was initially negative, showed hepatosplenic disease. Cat scratch disease has variable systemic presentations and should be included in the differential diagnosis of fever of unknown origin if an epidemiologic risk factor is present.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1142-1145
Number of pages4
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2005


  • Cat scratch disease
  • Epidural abscess
  • Osteomyelitis


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