Tiger bites are an uncommon but reported entity. We report a case of a 19-year-old girl who sustained multiple wounds on her left arm after attempting to feed a Siberian tiger at Dublin zoo. Exploration and debridement was carried out under general anesthesia. There was no neurovascular damage or tendon rupture. Most of the wounds were closed primarily. Three required split skin grafting. Manipulation under anesthetic and Kirschner wire fixation was required for a transverse fracture of the proximal phalanx of the left ring finger. The patient had an uneventful postoperative recovery. Reported cases of tiger attacks in Europe are rare. The typical pattern of injury, prevalence, and complications are discussed.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 1, 2007
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