Last Updated on Jul 19, 2014

Symptoms and Signs of Cat Scratch Disease

The following are the common symptoms of CSD:

  • Pustules at the site of the scratch
  • Fatigue /malaise
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Low-grade fever in some
  • Lymph node swelling near the site of scratch. Some have nodal swellings at multiple sites
Lymph Node swelling

The following atypical symptoms or complications are often found to be present in approximately 10% of cases:

  • Encephalitis (confusion, disorientation, restlessness)
  • Prolonged fever /Seizures
  • Osteomyelitis leading to arthritis
  • Thrombocytopenic purpura
  • Splenic abscess
  • Abdominal pain when present with CSD could suggests hepatitis or splenitis, which are self-limiting granulomatous condition.
  • Vision loss (neuroretinitis)
  • Respiratory problems
  • Parinaud oculoglandular syndrome


ennairam_23 Monday, March 21, 2011

When you have been scratched by a cat, inform someone immediately and seek medical attention.

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