CHARLES L. BLUMSTEIN, M.D.
To the editor: A recent editorial note on cat scratch disease (1) stimulated Dr. Nagarathinam, an internist on our medical staff, to remind me of a case in which I had made a diagnosis of lymphadenitis (focal abscesses) on a lymph node removed from the left clavicular area in a 21-year-old man.
I resurrected the paraffin block and restained sections with Gram and silver stains. The staining showed distinct, small, pleomorphic, cocco-bacillary forms as described by Wear and coworkers (2).
We wish to support the discovery of an etiologic agent for cat scratch disease and will be looking for the
BLUMSTEIN CL. Cat Scratch Fever and Cocco-Bacillary Bacteria. Ann Intern Med. ;100:771. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-5-771_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(5):771.
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