Neurological Sciences

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 261–268 | Cite as

Neurological presentations of Bartonella henselae infection

  • B. CannetiEmail author
  • I. Cabo-López
  • A. Puy-Núñez
  • J. C. García García
  • F. J. Cores
  • M. Trigo
  • A. P. Suárez-Gil
  • A. Rodriguez-Regal
Original Article



Neurological symptoms in patients with cat-scratch disease (CSD) have been rarely reported. The aim of this study is to analyze the frequency of neurological CSD (NCSD) and describe the disease clinical presentation, management and outcome.

Material and methods

We retrospectively selected patients with a CSD syndrome and Bartonella IgG titers > 1:256. Data regarding epidemiological, clinical, management, and follow-up features were analyzed and discussed. A comparison between NCSD and non-neurological CSD (NNCSD) was established.


Thirty-nine CSD patients were selected. NCSD frequency was 10.25%. No children were found affected in the NCSD group. A 65.7% of NNCSD and the entirety of the NCSD group had a history of cat exposure. Immunosuppression was only present in the NNCSD group (8.6%). NCSD presentations were as follows: isolated aseptic meningitis (25%), neuroretinitis (50%), and isolated optic neuritis (25%). A greater proportion of patients in the NCSD group had fever and raised levels of acute phase reactants and white blood cells. 85.7% of NNCSD had a complete recovery, whereas only 50% of the NCSD patients experienced a full recovery.


NCSD may be a distinctive group compared to NNCSD due to its later age of presentation, the more intense systemic response, and the poorer outcome.


Bartonella Neurobartonellosis Cat-scratch disease Neuroretinitis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Neurology DepartmentComplejo Hospitalario Universitario PontevedraPontevedraSpain
  2. 2.Internal Medicine DepartmentComplejo Hospitalario Universitario PontevedraPontevedraSpain
  3. 3.Ophthalmology DepartmentComplejo Hospitalario Universitario PontevedraPontevedraSpain
  4. 4.Microbiology DepartmentComplejo Hospitalario Universitario PontevedraPontevedraSpain

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