What are the risk factors for hospitalization of patients with a cat bite?

Updated: Oct 24, 2018
  • Author: Suzanne K Doud Galli, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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A study by Babovic et al of 193 patients who had suffered a cat bite injury indicated that risk factors for hospitalization following a cat bite include the following [7] :

  • Smoking

  • Immunocompromised state

  • Wound location over a joint or tendon sheath

  • Erythema and swelling at presentation

The investigators did not find evidence that the length of time between bite and presentation affected the likelihood of hospitalization. They also found no link between hospitalization and the patient’s white blood cell count, C-reactive protein values, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate. [7]


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