What are the characteristics of lymphadenopathy in cat scratch disease (CSD)?

Updated: Feb 16, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Lymphadenopathy can be moderately tender, with erythema and increased warmth of the overlying skin. Lymphadenopathy remains regional and typically resolves within 2-4 months but may last up to 6-12 months. Rarely, it may persist for a year or more. Approximately 10-30% of nodes may suppurate, requiring needle aspiration.


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