What are the complications of 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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  • Complications can be considered immediate or delayed.

  • Immediate complications include loss of appendage or disfigurement, which may warrant more extensive reconstruction later. Otherwise, infection is the most common complication of animal bites, which may prompt patients who were previously untreated or self-treated to seek treatment for their injuries.

  • Additional complications associated with infection (eg, sepsis, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis) must be avoided or treated appropriately.

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