Dog bite injuries of the eye and ocular adnexa

Benjamin P. Erickson, Paula W. Feng, Sophie D. Liao, Yasha S. Modi, Audrey C. Ko, Wendy W. Lee

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Dog bites result in a diverse range of injuries and complications in the periocular region, particularly in school aged children. It is therefore incumbent on the oculoplastic surgeon to be well versed in both acute and long-term management. The intent of this review is to provide a systematic evaluation of the epidemiology, principles of dog bite wound care, and specific considerations related to common patterns of ophthalmic injury. Review of clinical literature from 1976 to 2014. The majority of periocular injuries result from seemingly benign interactions between young children and familiar dogs. Aggressive saline lavage combined with selective debridement of devitalized tissue is essential. High-risk wounds and vulnerable patient groups may benefit from preventive antibiotic coverage as well as appropriate rabies and tetanus prophylaxis. While the nuances of surgical repair are variable given the heterogeneity of presentation, systematic examination and an algorithm-driven approach underlie the optimal management of these complex injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-50
Number of pages8
JournalOrbit (London)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2019


  • Dog bites
  • eye
  • orbit
  • pets
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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