Oculoglandular disease of parinaud. A manifestation of cat-scratch disease

Am J Dis Child. 1978 Dec;132(12):1195-200. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.1978.02120370043011.


Among patients with cat-scratch disease, the oculoglandular form is the most common unusual manifestation. This condition, seen in 14 of 585 patients with the infection encountered in a private pediatric practice over a span of 23 years, belongs in the syndrome of the oculoglandular disease of Parinaud. Most of the 14 patients described were only mildly ill and had but little discomfort. All patients recovered without residuals. Diagnosis is based on four criteria: exposure to a cat, usually an immature one; the presence of a localized granuloma of the eye; the presence of preauricular lymphadenopathy; and a positive skin test to cat-scratch antigen of known potency. Several unusual features, never before described, of oculoglandular disease due to cat-scratch disease are submitted.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Animals
  • Cat-Scratch Disease / complications*
  • Cat-Scratch Disease / diagnosis
  • Cat-Scratch Disease / therapy
  • Cats
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Conjunctivitis / diagnosis
  • Conjunctivitis / etiology*
  • Conjunctivitis / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lymphatic Diseases / diagnosis
  • Lymphatic Diseases / etiology*
  • Lymphatic Diseases / therapy
  • Male
  • Skin Tests
  • Syndrome