Can a Doctor Confuse Cat Scratch Fever with a Tumor?

Last Editorial Review: 1/11/2018

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My 6 year old nephew has been diagnosed with cat scratch fever. Symptoms: no fever, enlarged lymph node under right arm, and tingling in his right hand. The doctors put him on antibiotics and he returned for a check up and it was worse. They opened the area, and removed a lot of blood, pus, and something that looked like a rope (about the length of an earthworm). I thought it was just the infection, but someone (not a doctor) said that sounded like a fibrous tumor. My question is does this sound like an infection or a fibrous tumor?

Doctor's response

The piece of tissue would have been submitted to a pathologist and under the microscope that doctor will determine its exact nature. Ask the doctor what the answer is--I'm sure he'll share it with you. Nobody "knows" what a tumor looks like without special training and laboratory studies and each one has a very different appearance when surgically viewed.


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