Bartonella-related multifocal bone marrow enhancement without osteolysis

Scott V. Connelly, Patrick C. Seed

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Multifocal bone marrow disease due to Bartonella henselae is rare and is typically accompanied by osteolytic disease. A 10-year-old female presented with advanced disease, including prolonged fever, back pain, and radiographic multifocal pelvic bone marrow enhancement without osteolysis. Acute and convalescent serology supported the diagnosis of B. henselae infection. However, bone marrow aspirates lacked granulomas and inflammatory infiltrate. The patient fully recovered without specific antimicrobial therapy. B. henselae produces a fever and pain syndrome with multifocal bone marrow enhancement in the absence of osteolytic lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-308
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010


  • Bartonella henselae
  • bone marrow enhancement
  • children
  • fever of unknown origin
  • osteomyelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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