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Belgian man left unable to get erection after cat scratch

Belgian doctors found the patient had 'cat-scratch disease' after various tests. It is caused by bacteria called Bartonella henselae, which can be found in the mouth and claws of cats. (stock)
Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Source: International Journal of Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Authors: Tags: Case Report Source Type: research
Abstract Pasteurella multocida is rarely observed in human chronic infections. A Pasteurella multocida strain was isolated from a skin biopsy of chronic dermohypodermitis in a 21-year-old woman without an immunocompromised state. As this strain was viable one month after a cat scratch despite treatment by amoxicillin-clavulanic acid, we compared this strain's growth rate, amoxicillin Minimal Inhibitory and Bactericidal Concentrations (MIC and MBC), resistance to serum and ability to activate neutrophil granulocytes with those of control strains isolated during acute infections in humans without previous antibiotic...
Source: Journal of Medical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: J Med Microbiol Source Type: research
Abstract Anaplasmosis, cat-scratch disease, and Lyme disease are emerging vector-borne infectious diseases in Korea. Although the prevalence of vector-borne pathogens (VBPs) in domestic animals and vector arthropods has been documented, there is limited information on the presence of VBPs in wild animals. The raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides), a wild canid found in East Asia and Europe, represents a potential wildlife reservoir for zoonotic diseases. To investigate the prevalence of VBPs in raccoon dogs, 142 carcasses and 51 blood samples from captured raccoon dogs were collected from 2003 to 2010 and from 20...
Source: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene - Category: Tropical Medicine Authors: Tags: Am J Trop Med Hyg Source Type: research
Authors: Chen Y, Fu YB, Xu XF, Pan Y, Lu CY, Zhu XL, Li QH, Yu RS Abstract The lymphadenitis associated with cat-scratch disease (CSD) is often confused with neoplasms by a number of radiologists and clinicians, and consequently, unnecessary invasive procedures or surgeries are performed. In the present study, the contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of 10 patients (6 men and 4 women) with clinically and pathologically confirmed lymphadenitis associated with CSD were retrospectively analyzed (CT in 3 patients, MRI in 6 patients, and CT and MRI in 1 patient) at The...
Source: Oncology Letters - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Oncol Lett Source Type: research
ConclusionsGranulomatous processes of the breast are rare. The diagnosis can, however, be made if there is relevant history (prior trauma, silicone breast implants, lactation), laboratory (systemic or infectious processes) and imaging findings (fistula, nipple retraction). Recognising these entities is important for establishing pathological concordance after biopsy and for preventing unnecessary treatment.Teaching pointsBreast granulomatous are rare but can mimic breast carcinoma on imagingImaging with clinical and laboratory findings can correctly diagnosis specific granulomatous breast diseasesRecognition of the imaging...
Source: Insights into Imaging - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
The objective of this study was to analyze the serological evidence of B. henselae infection in pediatric patients that met the clinical/epidemiological criteria for suspected CSD. We studied 92 patients, who were categorized into four serological groups: 1) IgG (+)/IgM(+), 31,5% (n=29); 2) IgG (-)/IgM(+), 10,9% (n=10); 3) IgG (+)/IgM(-), 9,8% (n=9); 4) IgG (-)/IgM(-), 47,8% (n=44). These findings aim to promote future works for investigating the seroprevalence of Bartonella spp. in Argentina, which will allow us to know the importance of this zoonosis in our population and to evaluate new cut-off points of the technique. ...
Source: Revista Argentina de Microbiologia - Category: Microbiology Tags: Rev Argent Microbiol Source Type: research
We evaluated the utility of Western blot (WB) bands of Bartonella henselae in detecting anti-B. henselae immunoglobulin M (IgM) for serodiagnosis of cat scratch disease (CSD). IgM band patterns were examined using sera from 92 patients clinically suspected of having CSD and from 130 healthy individuals. Positive WB bands were observed in 49 (53.5%) of the 92 patient sera. Three bands at 8 to 10, 31 to 35, and 70 kDa were regarded as relevant for B. henselae because all of the positive sera yielded at least one of the three bands, and none of the healthy control sera showed reactivity to any of them. In contrast, the positi...
Source: Journal of Clinical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Bacteriology Source Type: research
The patient is a healthy 59-year-old woman with a 6-month history of a growing mass on the lateral aspect of her left lower leg, which was initially thought to be an infection from a cat scratch. It did not respond to antibiotics and enlarged. A punch biopsy showed high-grade neuroendocrine carcinoma consistent with Merkel cell carcinoma; it was CK-20 positive, CK-7 negative, and chromogranin and synaptophysin positive. On clinical examination, there was a 4  × 2-cm lobulated mass on the lateral aspect of the left lower leg, with 2 satellite nodules located anterior and posterior to the main mass.
Source: International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Feature Source Type: research
We present only the fourth case in the literature describing epidural involvement in an immunocompetent boy presenting with fever, torticollis, and indiscriminate left upper back tenderness. Bartonella henselae serologies are important to consider because such atypical complications often are responsive to conservative management with antibiotics.
Source: Pediatric Emergency Care - Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Illustrative Cases Source Type: research
Kathy has written this guest post, about the unexpected death of a friend." Please don ’t let things slip away from you:first steps,first kiss,first real vacation …first time you know that something is not quite right in your body.I discovered yesterday that someone about my age whom I have known for at least 15 years had passed away in September. I had seen her once during the summer.I was told by her colleague that about a year and a half ago, she noticed leaking from one breast. Her coworkers persisted in asking about the situation and she then told them it was just an infection from a cat scratch. It ...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs
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