What is the physical exam for patients with 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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  • Following an animal bite, patients require a full physical examination to address all bite wounds.

  • Adults are injured most often in the extremities. Children are injured more often in the head and neck region compared with adults.

  • The degree of injury is important. Some patients can be managed with local wound care or simple suturing by emergency department staff. Others require a consultation with a specialist or a trip to the operating room to address their wounds.

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