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May 1960

Oculoglandular Cat-Scratch Disease

Author Affiliations

Columbia, Mo.
Department of Pediatrics, The University of Missouri School of Medicine.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1960;99(5):667-668. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1960.02070030669015

Cat-scratch disease, first described by Debré1 and Foshay,2 is a disease of unknown etiology, characterized by frequent history of a cat scratch, a local granulomatous lesion, and regional lymphadenopathy which sometimes progresses to suppuration. No bacteria have been isolated, from either the cats or the afflicted persons. Mollaret3 was able to transmit the disease to human beings and monkeys, but other efforts to isolate a viral agent have been unsuccessful. The clinical picture is now well recognized in adults and children, and the common glandular form is being recognized with increasing frequency. Cat-scratch disease as a cause of the oculoglandular syndrome of Parinaud is also recognized, but judging from the literature it is uncommon, and most unusual in the pediatric age group. The child who is presented in this paper had a conjunctival ulcer and preauricular lymph node enlargement, a history of facial contact with a cat,

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