Intracranial injuries from dog bites in children

Talora Steen, Karen Ravin, Shelly Timmons, Amir Kershenovich

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Abstract

Background/Aims: Infants are especially at risk for intracranial injuries from dog bites due to their small stature and thin skull. Only 21 case reports have been published in the literature. We aim to add knowledge and treatment recommendations based on a more substantial sample. Methods: Ten pediatric patients with a penetrating skull injury as a result of a dog bite, treated at our institution between 1992 and 2010, were identified and analyzed descriptively. A literature review of the 21 case reports was also conducted. Results and Conclusion: Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent complications from hemorrhage or infections. Based on our results, we recommend obtaining a head CT for all victims sustaining injuries to the head, early use of broad spectrum antibiotics, debridement and irrigation of tissue, and follow-up to identify late infectious complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-195
Number of pages9
JournalPediatric Neurosurgery
Volume50
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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Bites and Stings
Skull
Dogs
Wounds and Injuries
Debridement
Craniocerebral Trauma
Early Diagnosis
Head
Pediatrics
Hemorrhage
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Therapeutics
Infection

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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Steen, T., Ravin, K., Timmons, S., & Kershenovich, A. (2015). Intracranial injuries from dog bites in children. Pediatric Neurosurgery, 50(4), 187-195. https://doi.org/10.1159/000431179
Steen, Talora ; Ravin, Karen ; Timmons, Shelly ; Kershenovich, Amir. / Intracranial injuries from dog bites in children. In: Pediatric Neurosurgery. 2015 ; Vol. 50, No. 4. pp. 187-195.
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Steen, T, Ravin, K, Timmons, S & Kershenovich, A 2015, 'Intracranial injuries from dog bites in children', Pediatric Neurosurgery, vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 187-195. https://doi.org/10.1159/000431179

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In: Pediatric Neurosurgery, Vol. 50, No. 4, 01.01.2015, p. 187-195.

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Steen T, Ravin K, Timmons S, Kershenovich A. Intracranial injuries from dog bites in children. Pediatric Neurosurgery. 2015 Jan 1;50(4):187-195. https://doi.org/10.1159/000431179