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Emerg Med J. 2007 July; 24(7): 519.
PMCID: PMC2658419

Jaw fracture as a result of dog bite in a 9‐month‐old infant

A 9‐month‐old infant was attacked by the family pet dog. The lacerations were obvious but the fractured jaw was not evident until she was anaesthetised (fig 11).). This is the youngest fractured mandible reported as a result of dog bite. Although this injury is rare, it should be considered in the toothless and in very young and elderly people, as the mandible is considerably weaker and more easily crushed.

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Figure 1 The fractured mandible of a 9‐month‐old infant. Parental/guardian informed consent was obtained for publication of this figure.

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Competing interests: None declared.

Parental/guardian informed consent was obtained for publication of this figure.


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