Imaging spectrum of bites, stings, and their complications: Pictorial review

Phillip M. Young, Laura W. Bancroft, Jeffrey J. Peterson, Catherine C. Roberts, Patrick T. Liu, Christopher G. Zaleski

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Objective: Soft-tissue injuries from animal bites and insect stings are frequent causes of emergency department visits. Although many cases follow a short and benign clinical course, life-threatening complications can occur. Imaging can play an important role in guiding clinical care by revealing the scope of the injury and associated complications. The purpose of this article is to provide a brief overview of the epidemiology of animal-related injuries, with a focus on imaging manifestations of soft-tissue injury using multiple techniques in a pictorial review format. Conclusion: This article reviews the imaging manifestations of softtissue injuries caused by animal bites and insect stings. After completing this article, the reader should have an improved ability to recognize complications of soft-tissue injuries and the role of advanced imaging in select cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S31-S41
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number3 SUPPL.
StatePublished - 2009


  • Animal-related disease
  • Bites
  • Complications of bites and stings
  • Soft tissue
  • Stings
  • Zoonotic disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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