Onset of cutaneous vasculitis and exacerbation of IgA nephropathy after Bartonella henselae infection

E. Cozzani, E. Cinotti, P. Ameri, A. Sofia, G. Murialdo, A. Parodi

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Abstract

Bartonella henselae is the aetiological agent of cat-scratch disease. Recently, there have been reports of other conditions associated with this bacterium, including leucocytoclastic vasculitis, thrombocytopenic purpura, maculopapular and urticarial eruptions, granuloma annulare, erythema nodosum, erythema marginatum and erythema annulare. We report the first case, to our knowledge, of the simultaneous occurrence of cutaneous vasculitis and nephrotic syndrome in a 65-year-old woman with IgA nephropathy after a B. henselae infection transmitted by a cat scratch. The aetiopathogenetic role of B. henselae was hypothesized on the basis of the serological demonstration of acute B. henselae infection, the immunofluorescence findings, and the prompt resolution after azithromycin treatment. Patients reporting cat scratches or bites should undergo accurate clinical examination, routine laboratory examinations, urinalysis and clinical surveillance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-240
Number of pages3
JournalClinical and Experimental Dermatology
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

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Bartonella Infections
Bartonella henselae
Vasculitis
Immunoglobulin A
Skin
Erythema
Cats
Granuloma Annulare
Cat-Scratch Disease
Thrombocytopenic Purpura
Erythema Nodosum
Azithromycin
Urinalysis
Nephrotic Syndrome
Bites and Stings
Fluorescent Antibody Technique
Bacteria

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Onset of cutaneous vasculitis and exacerbation of IgA nephropathy after Bartonella henselae infection. / Cozzani, E.; Cinotti, E.; Ameri, P.; Sofia, A.; Murialdo, G.; Parodi, A.

In: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, Vol. 37, No. 3, 04.2012, p. 238-240.

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Cozzani, E. ; Cinotti, E. ; Ameri, P. ; Sofia, A. ; Murialdo, G. ; Parodi, A. / Onset of cutaneous vasculitis and exacerbation of IgA nephropathy after Bartonella henselae infection. In: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology. 2012 ; Vol. 37, No. 3. pp. 238-240.
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