cat scratch disease

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cat scratch disease

[′kat ¦skrach di‚zēz]
(medicine)
A benign systematic illness in humans characterized by malaise, fever, and a granulomatous lymphadenitis; the causative organism has not been identified. Also known as benign lymphoreticulosis.
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(%) Age group (yrs) [less than or equal to]14 55 (61) 12 (48) 15-29 21 (23) 7 (28) 30-44 12 (13) 4 (16) [greater than or equal to]45 2 (2) 2 (8) Sex Male 42 (47) 16 (64) Female 48 (53) 9 (36) Outcome Recovered 75 (83) 12 (48) Died 9 (10) 8 (32) Unknown 6 (7) 5 (20) * Defined as sudden onset of fever, chills, malaise, headache, or prostration accompanied by either painful regional lymphadenitis (bubonic plague) or cough with hemoptysis (pneumonic plague).
The predominance of neutrophils in inflammatory infiltrates may explain the importance of the local inflammation clinically observed at the site of inoculation, accompanied by the regional lymphadenitis.

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