Shark Bite (cont.)
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Shark Attack Follow-up
For minor wounds that are treated and the patient discharged home, there needs to be close follow up to insure that an infection doesn't develop.
Signs of infection include fever or chills, redness, warmth, swelling, and pus at the wound site. Red streaks may develop from the wound area up the arm or the leg. These are all signs that an infection may exist and require re-evaluation by a healthcare provider.
Wound and dressing changes will need to be discussed with the care provider.
Shark Attack Prevention
Shark Attack 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.
Shark Attack 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. Click to view larger image.
Image Courtesy of John Winfield, MD. Click to view larger image.
Medically reviewed by Avrom Simon, MD; Board Certified Preventative Medicine with Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine
Last Reviewed 11/20/2017
Eric Mowatt-Larssen, MD
Paul Auerbach, MD
George Burgess, MSc
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