Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Bitten by an Animal (trunk) Overview

Another name for Bitten by an Animal (trunk) is Animal Bite of the Trunk.

Are animal bites to the trunk serious?
A person with a animal bite to the trunk may have a bite to the chest, back, abdomen, or buttocks. The severity of an animal bite often depends on the type of animal and depth of the bite. In the case of an animal bite to the trunk, it is important for the doctor to determine if the bite penetrated into the abdominal or chest cavity. Animal bites are common and frequently cause skin infections.

What are the symptoms of an animal bite to the trunk?
Symptoms of an animal bite include skin puncture wound, pain around the bite, and bleeding from the bite. Deeper animal bites can cause dizziness, weakness, abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, chest pain, nausea, and vomiting.

How does the doctor treat an animal bite to the trunk?
Treatment for animal bites depends on the depth of penetration. General treatment includes wound irrigation and cleansing, tetanus vaccination, and antibiotics.

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