Clinical Presentation

Wounds caused by animal bites include:

1. Punctures

2. Lacerations

3. Tears and rips of tissue

4. Avulsions and amputations of tissue and extremities

5. Crush injuries to deep tissues

Bites may be single or multiple and may affect any part of the body. Wounds may be contaminated with infectious agents from saliva and foreign bodies such as teeth or dirt. Deeper structures such as tendons, nerves, and muscle may be injured or inoculated with bacteria. Bone may be fractured, crushed, or inoculated with bacteria. The transfer of zoonotic infections is possible (1,16,17).

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