Animal Bites to the Head and Neck Workup

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

Routine laboratory studies are not mandatory in the workup following an animal bite. However, with the risk of infection or sepsis, a complete blood cell count and cultures may provide useful information for treatment.


Imaging Studies

Imaging studies are not routinely performed, except for possible fractures. An imaging study may be helpful to identify the presence of a foreign body (eg, a tooth).