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Petzetakis' disease

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An acute infectious disease, occurring most commonly in children and young adults, in patients who have been scratched or bitten by cats or exposed to penetrating wound (thorn, splinters, hooks). It presents with tender regional lymphadenopathy, sterile suppurative papules at the site of inoculation, slight fever, headache, chills, backache, anorexia, abdominal pain, malaise. Alteration of mental status and convulsions. It may take 7 to 14 days, or as long as 2 months, before symptoms appear. Most cases are benign and self limiting, but lymphadenopathy may persist for several months after other symoptoms disappear. Favourable final prognosis. In temperate climate most casess occur in fall and winter.

When associated with ocular granuloma or conjunctivitis, cat scratch disease is known as the Parinaud oculoglandular syndrome. See under Henri Parinaud, French ophthalmologist, 1844-1905.


  • M. Petzetakis:
    Monoadénite subaiguë multiple de nature inconue.
    Soc méd Athens, Sitzg v 16.3.1935, p 229.
  • R. Debré, M. Lamy, M. L. Jammet, L. Cortill, P. Mozziconacci:
    Le maladie des griffes de chat.
    Bull med Soc Hôp Paris, 1950, 66: 76-79.
  • P. Mollaret, J. Reilly, R. Bastin, P. Tournier:
    Sur une adénopathie régionale subaiguë et spontanément cutrable, avec intradermo-réaction et lésions ganglionnaires particulières.
    Bull méd Soc Hôp Paris, 1950, 66: 424-449.
  • P. Mollaret, et al:
    La découverte du virus de la lymphoréticulose bénign d’inoculation. II. Inoculation expérimentale ou singe et coloration.
    La presse médicale, Paris, 1951, 59: 701-704.
  • D. J. Wear, A. M. Margileth, T. L. Hadfield, et al:
    Cat scratch disease: A bacterial infection.
    Science, Washington, 1983, 221: 1403-1405.

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