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Cat Scratch Disease (cont.)

Cat Scratch Disease Complications

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The large majority of people with CSD have no complications. However, atypical presentations or complications comprise up to 10% of cases per year. These complications are most often found in immunocompromised patients and rarely in individuals with normal immune systems. Complications can be found in most organ systems and are numerous. The following is a list that exemplifies the numerous possible complications and symptoms:

  • encephalopathy (confusion, coma);
  • pneumonia (respiratory problems; cough, difficulty breathing);
  • endocarditis (short of breath, chills, and fevers);
  • osteomyelitis (bone pain);
  • neuroretinitis (blindness);
  • otic neuralgia (hearing loss); and
  • hepatitis (abdominal pain).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/19/2014

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