Facial Soft Tissue Trauma from Honey Badger Bite: A Case Report  

Gustave Buname1 , Fidelis Mbunda1 , Richard Byaruhanga2 , Japhet Gilyoma1
1. Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Bugando Medical Centre, Mwanza Tanzania
2. ENT Department, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
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International Journal of Clinical Case Reports, 2016, Vol. 6, No. 30   doi: 10.5376/ijccr.2016.06.0030
Received: 03 Oct., 2016    Accepted: 18 Nov., 2016    Published: 21 Nov., 2016
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Buname G., Mbunda F., Byaruhanga R., and Gilyoma J., 2016, Facial Soft Tissue Trauma from Honey Badger Bite: A Case Report, International Journal of Clinical Case Reports, 6(30): 1-4 (doi: 10.5376/ijccr.2016.06.0030)


Facial injuries have the potential to cause disfigurement and loss of function. Although it is seldom life-threatening, facial trauma can also be deadly, because it can cause severe bleeding, interference with the airway or wound infections. We present a rare case of 3 years old boy that underwent a multistage repair of facial soft tissue injuries he got from a Honey Badger bite. A good wound management that consists of thorough irrigation and careful debridement are important to diminish the risks of infection after primary closure, which should be considered for animal bite injuries to the face, and for this case honey badger. Reconstruction can be very challenging but if carefully done may help make patients cosmetically acceptable and have satisfactory physiological outcomes.

Facial injuries; Honey badger bite; Trauma surgery; Case report
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