Cat-scratch disease (also commonly known as cat-scratch fever) is a bacterial infection that causes swelling and pain in the lymph nodes and loss of appetite. In most cases, it occurs after a scratch, bite, or lick from a cat or kitten.
Symptoms can vary from mild to severe, may not appear for several days after the bite or scratch, and may last for several weeks.
Although cat-scratch disease usually goes away without treatment, antibiotics are often used to speed recovery.
Last Revised: November 2, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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