Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Mouse Bite Evaluation

The evaluation of rodent bites starts with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with rodent bites include:

Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of a rodent bite. Tests may be performed, in order to look for a fracture or a foreign body, such as a tooth.

Tests that may be used to evaluate rodent bites include:
  • X-rays
    • Used to exclude a fracture or a foreign body
  • Wound culture

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Last Updated: Jan 5, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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