Human Bites

Hand & Wrist Broken Bones & Injuries - Adelaide Orthopaedic Specialist

Human bite wounds are most often inflicted by children. They can be caused directly (by a person deliberately biting another person) or indirectly (by striking a tooth with a hand, such as by a punch to the mouth).

The most common complication of a human bite is infection – human mouths contain a wide variety of bacteria, and an infection in even a small wound can quickly turn into a severe joint infection. Conservative treatment with antibiotics and skin closure is often possible, but surgery may be required to repair severe damage.

Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for human bites and a wide variety of other hand and wrist conditions in his multiple practice locations in Adelaide and Darwin. With his extensive experience in treating upper limb conditions, he works with his patients to create tailored treatment plans which yield the best possible outcomes for their injuries. Click here for more information on other conditions involving the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow which Dr James McLean has a special interest in treating.

This page was adapted from https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/human-bites: click the link to read more about the condition. To find out more about human bites or to book a consultation, contact Dr James McLean.

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