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 CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 154-155

Paralytic rabies following cat scratch and intra-dermal anti-rabies vaccination


1 Department of Pediatric Neurology, Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Pediatrics, Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Vykuntaraju K Gowda
No. 141, 7th C Main, Hampinagar, Vijayanagar, Bengaluru - 560 104, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.139328

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Only few reports of failure of intradermal postexposure prophylaxis for rabies following cat scratch exist in the published literature. We are reporting such a case in a 15-year-old girl. The child had category III cat scratch on her face. She presented with progressive paralysis, finally developing quadriplegia and respiratory paralysis. Typical hydrophobia and aerophobia were absent. She received intra-dermal anti-rabies cell culture vaccine. She did not receive anti-rabies immunoglobulin. The girl succumbed on the 10 th day of weakness. Diagnosis of rabies was confirmed by isolation of rabies virus RNA in cerebrospinal fluid and skin biopsy sample by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction.






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