, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 191–194 | Cite as

Bilateral Bartonella henselae neuroretinitis with stellate maculopathy in a 6-year-old boy

Case Report



Bartonella henselae, the cause of cat-scratch disease in humans, may lead to characteristic vision-threatening ocular findings, which importantly indicate diagnosis.


This is an observational case report of a 6-year-old boy who presented with bilateral stellate maculopathy and lymphadenopathy.


After serologic verification of B. henselae infection, systemic azithromycin therapy initiated the full recovery of visual acuity and bilateral complete resolution of stellate exudates during the following months.


Stellate maculopathy should always include the differential diagnosis of B. henselae infection. In this rare case of bilateral stellate maculopathy, we observed full recovery of function following systemic macrolide therapy.


Macular star Bartonella henselae Infection Ocular 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. H. D. Metz
    • 1
  • J. Buer
    • 2
  • N. Bornfeld
    • 1
  • A. Lipski
    • 1
  1. 1.Eye Clinic, Center for OphthalmologyUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Medical MicrobiologyUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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