What patient history findings are relevant in animal bites?

Updated: Sep 14, 2020
  • Author: Suzanne K Doud Galli, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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  • Although the incidence of infection transmission is quite low, the risk of rabies is probably the best reason for investigating animal bite injuries. Regardless, many animal bites remain unreported because they are minor and can be self-treated.

  • When evaluating a patient following an animal bite, the nature of the injury is pertinent, including whether or not the animal was known to the victim. The time of injury may have implications for treating potential wound infections or for addressing avulsed appendages.

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