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
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BLUMSTEIN CL. Cat Scratch Fever and Cocco-Bacillary Bacteria. Ann Intern Med. 1984;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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