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Could there be osteomyelitis in arm after dog bite?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
9 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
But it is extremely unlikely.

In brief: Yes
But it is extremely unlikely.
Dr. Barry Waldman
Dr. Barry Waldman
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Can happen
Wound infections associated with animal bites usually have polymicrobial etiology,requiring broad-spectrum antimicrobials targeted at both aerobic and anaerobic gram-negative bacteria.
Dog bite wounds can exhibit rapidly progressive soft-tissue inflammation.Deeper soft tissue can also be affected, manifesting as tenosynovitis, septic arthritis, and osteomyelitis.

In brief: Can happen
Wound infections associated with animal bites usually have polymicrobial etiology,requiring broad-spectrum antimicrobials targeted at both aerobic and anaerobic gram-negative bacteria.
Dog bite wounds can exhibit rapidly progressive soft-tissue inflammation.Deeper soft tissue can also be affected, manifesting as tenosynovitis, septic arthritis, and osteomyelitis.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bad deep dog bite
The wound needs to breach the bone covering, the periosteum, to infect it.
So it would very likely be a really bad, deep bite. Think something akin to an attack dog refusing to release an arm or leg.

In brief: Bad deep dog bite
The wound needs to breach the bone covering, the periosteum, to infect it.
So it would very likely be a really bad, deep bite. Think something akin to an attack dog refusing to release an arm or leg.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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