Thursday, November 24, 2011

Cat Bite

Hey Docs,

I was at a friends and got but by her cat. I ended up in the ER the next day with a bad infection and they took an X Ray of my hand. I didn't say anything at the time but now I'm wondering if I got ripped off? Why do an X Ray?

Just Curious,
Ben in Portland, ME

Hey Ben,

Great question. Cat bites, as you discovered, are very dirty bites and often get infected. One of the WORST things that can happen is for the cat to break a tooth off under your skin. This is why they did the X Ray... To look for a cat tooth in the wound. Evidently you didn't have one or they would have had to get it out and that can be an unholy mess, but you DID NOT get ripped off. You got good care.

Hope you have fully recovered.


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