How frequently is fever manifested 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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Fever, if present, is typically low grade. In one series of 1200 cases of catscratch disease, only 9% of patients had a fever higher than 39°C. Fever is present in only 30-50% of patients and generally lasts for 1-7 days. About 32% of patients have prolonged fever, or one lasting up to 3 weeks. Such fever suggests progression to suppurative lymphadenitis.


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