Bite Injuries to the Hand: Microbiology, Virology and Management
M. Malahias1, D. Jordan2, O. Hughes2, Wasim S. Khan3, S. Hindocha*, 2
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2014
Issue: Suppl 1
First Page: 157
Last Page: 161
Publisher Id: TOORTHJ-8-157
Article History:Received Date: 1/3/2014
Revision Received Date: 5/4/2014
Acceptance Date: 10/4/2014
Electronic publication date: 27/6/2014
Collection year: 2014
open-access license: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/) which permits unrestrictive use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Bites to the human hand, be it from a pet, a stray animal or even a fellow human, may often have dire consequences for the person suffering the insult. Bites by mammals are a common problem and they account for up to 1% of all visits to hospital emergency rooms, in the UK. Clenched fist injuries to the mouth (‘fight bite’) are notorious for being the worst human bites. Bite injuries of the hand and their related infections must be monitored vigilantly and managed proactively, by experts in this field of surgery. In this review article we discuss the associated microbiology and virology of these injuries as well as their management.