Why is special consideration warranted in animal bites to the head and neck?

Updated: Oct 24, 2018
  • Author: Suzanne K Doud Galli, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Although the risk of infection exists in any bite situation and proper wound management is required, animal bites to the head and neck require special considerations. The intimate juxtaposition of vital structures and the cosmetic issues of the head and neck region warrant special care for animal bite wounds to these areas.


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