Child's Nervous System

, Volume 25, Issue 9, pp 1137–1141

Cerebellar abscesses caused by dog bite: a case report

  • B. L. Santana-Montero
  • H. Ahumada-Mendoza
  • M. A. Vaca-Ruíz
  • E. Castro-Sierra
  • F. Sánchez-Herrera
  • E. Fernández-Portilla
  • R. M. Sosa-Quintero
  • V. González-Carranza
  • L. F. Gordillo-Domínguez
  • S. Garza-Morales
  • F. Chico-Ponce de León
Case Report



Bites by house pets can be lethal or cause a series of catastrophic events with severe sequels, such as the loss of a limb or a systemic infection which may be life-endangering, especially in the case of children being bitten.


A 2-year-old girl was attacked by a dog, causing lesions at the occipital region. This was treated initially as a superficial wound that became further complicated with two cerebellar abscesses. These abscesses required neurosurgical and antimicrobial treatment, with a satisfactory outcome.


The precise and diligent evaluation of a lesion caused by an animal bite may prevent further life-endangering complications. To the best of our knowledge, there are no reports about cerebellar abscess caused by a dog bite. When cranial lesions are penetrating, an abscess must to be considered. We insist on the importance of medical evaluation and adequate treatment of such lesions.


Cerebellar abscesses Dog bite Neurologic infection Skull fracture Pediatrics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. L. Santana-Montero
    • 1
  • H. Ahumada-Mendoza
    • 2
  • M. A. Vaca-Ruíz
    • 1
  • E. Castro-Sierra
    • 3
  • F. Sánchez-Herrera
    • 1
  • E. Fernández-Portilla
    • 4
  • R. M. Sosa-Quintero
    • 5
  • V. González-Carranza
    • 1
  • L. F. Gordillo-Domínguez
    • 1
  • S. Garza-Morales
    • 6
  • F. Chico-Ponce de León
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryHospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez (HIMFG)México, DFMéxico
  2. 2.UDR, Unidad de RadiodiagnósticoGrupo ProaMéxicoMéxico
  3. 3.Laboratory of Psychoacoustics & Auditory PhysiologyHIMFGMéxicoMéxico
  4. 4.Department of General SurgeryHIMFGMéxicoMéxico
  5. 5.Department of RadiologyHIMFGMéxicoMéxico
  6. 6.Department of NeurologyHIMFGMéxicoMéxico

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