Recurrent expressive aphasia as a presentation of cat-scratch encephalopathy.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Cat-scratch disease is a common disease, occurring in an estimated 24,000 patients annually in the United States, and is one of the most common causes of chronic lymphadenitis in children. A wide array of neurologic complications occurs as a result of cat-scratch disease. However, there have been no reports of acute-onset, self-resolving, recurrent, expressive aphasia, as we report here in an adolescent boy. In our case, establishing the diagnosis of cat-scratch encephalopathy saved time and resources and afforded the family a benign diagnosis. Cat-scratch encephalopathy must be considered in the differential diagnoses when pediatric patients present with unusual neurologic symptoms.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fox, JW; Studley, JK; Cohen, DM

Published Date

  • March 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 119 / 3

Start / End Page

  • e760 - e763

PubMed ID

  • 17332191

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-4275

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1542/peds.2006-1885


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States