Beyond cat scratch disease: widening spectrum of Bartonella henselae infection

Published Date
Journal
Pediatrics
Citation
Pediatrics. 2008 May;121(5):e1413-25
DOI
10.1542/peds.2007-1897
Authors
Florin TA
Zaoutis TE
Zaoutis LB
Abstract

Bartonella henselae was discovered a quarter of a century ago as the causative agent of cat scratch disease, a clinical entity described in the literature for more than half a century. As diagnostic techniques improve, our knowledge of the spectrum of clinical disease resulting from infection with Bartonella is expanding. This review summarizes current knowledge regarding the microbiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic techniques, and treatment of B. henselae infection.