Pasteurella multocida infections following dog and cat bites

G. Volpin, G. Altmann, A. Katznelson, S. Oliver

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Pasteurella multocida was found to be the infecting agent in 5 patients who had been bitten by either dogs or cats. This infection causes a low grade, local tissue necrosis and may involve the subcutaneous areolar tissue, fascia, muscles, and tendons and may cause localized osteomyelitis. Meticulous surgical excision of the wound, soon after the injury, without wound closure, obviates prolonged treatment and complications. This is especially so when it is supported by specific and adequate antibiotic therapy. In this series, because of the delay in recognizing the causative organism and the severity of the osteomyelitic lesion, it was necessary to perform phalangeal amputation in order to control the infection in two of the five patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-15+56
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1977
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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