Chest Imaging of a rare case of cat-scratch disease in a 2-years-old baby

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Enrica Rossi
Anna Perrone
Ubaldo Bongini
Antonina Marta Cangelosi
Sara Sollai
Donatella Narese
Claudio Defilippi


Cat-scratch disease, Pediatrics, Magnetic Resonance, Bartonella henselae, Chest.


Cat-scratch disease (CSD) is usually a self-limiting infection that in the majority of cases occurs as lymphadenitis in children who have been scratched or bitten by a cat. Rarely, Bartonella henselae is cause of fever of unknown origin (FUO), with dissemination to various organs, mimicking an inflammatory rather than a lymphoproliferative disease. This manuscript will present a case of thoracic manifestations of CSD in an immunocompetent 2-years baby without history of cat contact, with fever of unknown origin, investigated by chest CT and MRI.


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