Management of bite wounds and infection in primary care
ANN T. KELLEHER, DO
Dr. Kelleher has completed a fellowship, in the Department of Infectious Disease, at the Cleveland Clinic, and is a staff, physician in the Department of Internal Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic.
STEVEN M. GORDON, MD
Dr. Gordon is a staff physician in the, Department of Infectious Disease, and, hospital epidemiologist of the Cleveland Clinic.
This article describes how to recognize the signs of septic arthritis and flexor tenosynovitis after dog bites, how to identify the need for prompt surgical treatment of septic arthritis to prevent joint destruction, how to determine which wounds should and should not be sutured, and how to choose effective antibiotic treatment.