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The cat and the nap

William H Seligman and Ari Manuel
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (4): 229. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10730

A patient’s apnoea is discovered by his “owner”

We report the case of a 72-year-old man who presented to his general practitioner with cat scratch — not cat-scratch disease, but trauma to the face and nose caused by repeated savage night-time attacks perpetrated by none other than his trusty loyal cat. The patient had a history of stable coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, diabetic neuropathy and hypertension.

  • William H Seligman1
  • Ari Manuel2

  • 1 Magdalen College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
  • 2 Oxford Sleep Unit, Oxford Centre for Respiratory Medicine, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford, UK.


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