Took my 8 year old in for a CT scan of his neck due to their being a large swollen spot on the right side of his neck above his collar bone. Dr had started him on antibiotics on Monday but nothing has changed. CT scan was done at 1:30 today and at 3:30 I got a phone call from the DR's office telling me that there is a lot of swollen tissue showing on the scan and that he needs to see the specialist so they have him scheduled for first thing Tuesday morning at Children's hospital. They wanted him seen sooner but they are closed Monday. Anyone have this show on the CT? What did the diagnosis turn out to be? The swelling spot is hard like golf balls under the skin and it started out feeling like 2 golf balls but now it has spread to more like 3 golf balls.
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replied September 9th, 2010
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Just wanted to update this question. After 2 days in Children's Hospital having blood tests run and having antibiotics pumping in him they finally got a positive culture of CAT SCRATCH FEVER. For some reason his body was to weak to fight it off so he ended up with dead infected tissue filling up his lymph nodes. The fevers are finally down which is great. The swelling seems to be doing a little better. He was released from the hospital on Zithromax for 5 days and will have to see 3 drs in the next 2 wks to make sure it is clearing up but they do think it will clear up with time.

Tests done included blood test, CT Scan, Chest X-Ray, ultrasound and TB testing. He was admitted on the infectious disease floor and seen by several Dr's including the ENT Dr's and infectious disease Dr's. Released once he was able to keep temp down without help and swelling appeared to have went down a very small amount. Will followup with pediatrician, ENT Dr and Infectious Disease Dr.
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replied May 31st, 2019
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I read your question and I understand your concern.
Cat scratch is very resistant disease.
You are on right track. Continue your good work.
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