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cat bite disease 

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cat bite disease

EMERGENCY MEDICINE 

A generic term used in more recent literature for the constellation of changes caused by cat bites, which include tissue loss and need for prolonged hospitalisation to manage infection of tendon sheaths. 

Reference http://www.jhandsurg.org/article/S0363-5023(13)01539-6/fulltext

MICROBIOLOGY 

A term used in older (early 20th century) literature* for a post cat bite infection by Pasteurella multocida. P multocida is an oral saprobe of felines that forms an abscess at the inoculation site, and may cause focal arthralgia, pain, swelling and regional lymphadenopathy; other complications are rare. 

Synonym Cat-bite fever

*Not to be confused with cat scratch disease

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