Animal Bites to the Head and Neck Questions & Answers

Updated: Oct 24, 2018
  • Author: Suzanne K Doud Galli, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

Which animals are responsible for most animal bites?

Which parts of the body are most commonly bitten by animals?

When do animal bites usually occur?

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

How common are animal bites in the US?

What is the international incidence of animal bites?

What is the mortality and morbidity of animal bites?

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

Do animal bites have a racial predilection?

Are animal bites more common in males or females?

Which age groups have the highest incidence of animal bites?

Which dog breeds inflict most animal bites?

Presentation

What patient history findings are relevant in animal bites?

What is the physical exam for patients with animal bites?

What causes animals to bite?

Workup

Which lab studies are indicated in the workup of animal bites?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of animal bites?

Treatment

How are animal bites treated?

When is surgery indicated for the treatment of animal bites?

Which specialist consultations are indicated in the treatment of with animal bites?

Medications

Which antibiotics are used in the treatment of animal bites?

Which medications in the drug class Vaccines are used in the treatment of Animal Bites to the Head and Neck?

Which medications in the drug class Toxoids are used in the treatment of Animal Bites to the Head and Neck?

Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics are used in the treatment of Animal Bites to the Head and Neck?

Follow-up

What is the follow-up care for patients with animal bites?

What are the indications for inpatient care in patients with animal bites?

Which medications are used in the treatment of animal bites?

When is transfer indicated for patients with animal bites?

How can animal bites be prevented?

What are the complications of animal bites?

What is the prognosis of animal bites?

How does patient education help prevent animal bites?