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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 354625, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/354625
Case Report

Beyond Cat Scratch Disease: A Case Report of Bartonella Infection Mimicking Vasculitic Disorder

1Rheumatology Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via del Pozzo 71, 41124 Modena, Italy
2Unit of Malattie dell'Apparato Locomotore a Genesi Immunologica, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via del Pozzo 71, 41124 Modena, Italy

Received 29 March 2012; Accepted 18 July 2012

Academic Editors: S. Dogra and T. Shibata

Copyright © 2012 Amelia Spinella et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Cat scratch disease (CSD) is a bacterial disease caused by Bartonella henselae and it is mainly characterized by self-limiting lymphadenopathy in the draining site of a cat scratch or bite. We report a patient with history of fever, swelling lymph nodes, vasculitic-like skin lesions, and positivity of Bartonella serology initially considered as expression of a disimmune disease.