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Human bite injury in North East England--the impact of alcohol intake on a mode of violent assault.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16749466     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Ninety-two retrospective cases of human bite injury referred to a Plastic Surgery department are presented. Particular emphasis is placed on the relationship of alcohol intake to these injuries, their distribution and subsequent management. A review of the literature is conducted. The human bite is a leisure time injury of the young single male in the North East. It has been shown that there is a clear link to alcohol and in particular weekend drinking. Prompt operative intervention and wounds located at the head and neck have been shown to be associated with a decreased risk of subsequent infection, which reflects findings in the earlier literature. Fifteen cases were infected. One was the result of a postoperative complication. The remainder were infected on admission. The majority of infected cases were upper limb bites and were associated with a delayed presentation.
W G P Eardley; M H Harrison; M S E Coady
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps     Volume:  152     ISSN:  0035-8665     ISO Abbreviation:  J R Army Med Corps     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-05     Completed Date:  2006-10-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505627     Medline TA:  J R Army Med Corps     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  22-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, James Colok University Hospital, Middlesbrough.
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MeSH Terms
Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
Bites, Human / epidemiology*
England / epidemiology
Facial Injuries / epidemiology
Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
Retrospective Studies
Time Factors
Upper Extremity / injuries
Violence / statistics & numerical data*
Wound Infection / drug therapy,  epidemiology
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0/Anti-Bacterial Agents

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