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Cat Bite 

Cat Bite
Chapter:
Cat Bite
Source:
Acute Care Casebook
Author(s):

Martin Casey

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190865412.003.0029

This case reviews the basics in caring for patients with animal bites. Specifically, the chapter will demonstrate a case of flexor tenosynovitis, a severe hand infection that may be the result of common animal bites. Critical steps will be reviewed including identifying the severity of injury and when consultation for invasive management, such as surgery, may be indicated. Wound closure, antibiotic choice, and indications for rabies prophylaxis are discussed as well. The chapter focuses on a case of a cat bite. The patient presents to the emergency room with a 1-day prior cat bite. The chapter reviews her symptoms, such as swelling, pain, and erythema.

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