Cerebellar abscesses caused by dog bite: a case report
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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.
KeywordsCerebellar abscesses Dog bite Neurologic infection Skull fracture Pediatrics
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