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hernia / cat scratch fever ??

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  • Posted By: Courtney
  • October 6, 2008
  • 03:02 PM

So, my boyfriend went to the emergency room a couple of weeks ago. His brother is a PA. He went to his brother first about this lump in hie groin area. His brother looked at it along with two other PA's working that day. They thought it was a hernia. So, that evening he went to the emergency room. The doctor there looked at it and didn't believe it was. He asked if my boyfriend had gotten scratched from a cat. Of course he has, so have I (I have a kitten). And said it was probably from that and gave him some antibiotics. I have a few question:
1-How come I'm not effected by the scratches?
2- He gets a little sore in that spot sometimes. Does having a cat scratch stay sore that long?
3-It was only swollen for a few days.. is that normal for the cat scratch?
4- Are either of these a correct diagnosis???

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  • Someone please help, I know if it is a hernia.. it can become an emergency..
    Courtney 2 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 06:13 PM
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  • The lump was probably a swollen/infected lymph gland, thats why the abx was given. It will probably take awhile for the soreness to go away as it was infected.{ You said the swelling went down fast, a hernia would not do that. Antibiotics wouldn't do anything for a hernia, they have to be surgically repaired. You can see another dr if you feel a hernia is still a concern, to put your mind at ease.. } Did they test him for Bartonella and other tick infections like Lyme or viruses ? Cat Scratch disease is Bartonella, a tick born bacterial infection.There are many strains of the bacteria. Its possible his immune system was a bit lower than yours and thats why he reacted differently than you did. It might also be he has/had undetected Lyme, so he reacted more to the scratch. Or he could have had an un-noticed tick/flea bite and thats whats causing the problem. Did he have any strange marks like stretch marks/streaks or rashes?I would take the cat to the vet and have it tested, and treated if needed and check out www.lymenet.org or google search info & symptoms on bartonella . Keep an eye on both of you for for any new symptoms. Keep copies of any tests and blood work.Best Wishes~~JerseyLymie
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 9, 2008
    • 00:38 PM
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  • PLEASE.. someone help me...
    Courtney 2 Replies
    • October 9, 2008
    • 02:56 PM
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  • Cat scratch fever is characterised by swollen lymph nodes. So he really should have enlarged lymph nodes if he has cat scratch fever. It is caused by a bacteria called Bartonella henseae (my spelling of the last few letters of henseii may be wrong) so you will have a bacterial infection which may cause a fever and swollen lymph nodes. The site of the scratch usually has little papules on it rather than a swelling. There should be images on google images.So in short if he is feeling well and the swelling does not look like the pictures in google images he may well have a hernia.I am not a doctor of medicine though I work in a med. school.
    chrismia 159 Replies
    • October 9, 2008
    • 03:59 PM
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