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Cat Scratch Disease -- An Underlying Cause of Enlarged Lymph Nodes


Background: Cat scratch disease (CSD) may cause chronic lymphadenitis in the head and neck area of children. Cat scratch disease is caused by the pathogen Bartonella henselae . Nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) have also been known to cause chronic cervicofacial lymph swelling. Infection is caused by inoculation of the skin with the B henselae species. These patients may present with a papule after a few days. The infected site then changes from a papule to a vesicle and has a cru more...
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