Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Human Bite of the Trunk Overview

How serious is a human bite to the trunk?
A person with a human bite to the trunk may have a bite to the chest, back, abdomen, or buttocks. Human bite can cause a variety of soft tissue injuries including an abrasion, laceration, or puncture wound to the skin. Less commonly, human bites can result in a loss of tissue. Human bites frequently cause skin infections, such as cellulitis and lymphangitis.

What are the symptoms of a human bite to the trunk?
Symptoms of a human bite include pain, bleeding, tenderness, swelling, a laceration, a puncture wound, and loss of tissue. Human bites may result in symptoms of cellulitis, which include fever, skin redness, skin swelling, and skin tenderness around the bite.

How does the doctor treat a human bite to the trunk?
Treatment for human bites may include wound irrigation and cleansing, antibiotics, tetanus vaccine, and surgery.

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