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Shark Bite (cont.)

Outlook

Injuries from shark bites can be minor or life threatening. Massive tissue loss and large amounts of bleeding most often carry a worse prognosis. Wound infections are also a serious concern. Having survived the attack long enough to reach medical care, however, makes it very likely that continued survival and recovery are possible.

Pictures

Classic shark bites are crescent-shaped. Parallel cuts caused by the shark raking its teeth on the victim are also common. Image courtesy of Fazal Hussain, MD.
Classic shark bites are crescent-shaped. Parallel cuts caused by the shark raking its teeth on the victim are also common. Image courtesy of Fazal Hussain, MD. Click to view larger image.

Image Courtesy of John Winfield, MD.
Image Courtesy of John Winfield, MD. Click to view larger image.

Medically reviewed by Donald Lee, DO; Board Certified Family Practice


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/19/2014
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