. 2020 Apr 24;33(3):440-441.

doi: 10.1080/08998280.2020.1756141. eCollection 2020 Jul.

Cat scratch disease causing encephalitis

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Cat scratch disease is often a benign infection caused by Bartonella henselae, which is transmitted from scratches or bites from kittens. Presentations can vary from localized lymphadenopathy to neurologic manifestations. We present a case of a 22-year-old man with a 3-week history of an enlarged inguinal lymph node who presented with status epilepticus.



Unfortunately, many still consider Bartonella “benign” when for many it is extremely severe and tenacious.  I would consider it as bad if not worse than Lyme in many respects.  Many also do not have lymph node involvement. Some patient’s only manifestation is psychological.

For more:  There is a checklist within this link of symptoms.  My husband and I use Berberine for Bartonella maintenance successfully.


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