Malawi Medical Journal

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Ward Round - Crocodile bites in Malawi: microbiology and surgical management

BL Wamisho, J Bates, M Tompkins, R Islam, N Nyamulani, C Ngulube, N Mkandawire


We present a case series of 5 patients admitted over 5 months to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital who had sustained injuries from a crocodile bite. Three patients required amputation of a limb. The severe soft tissue injury associated with a crocodile bite and the unusual normal oral flora of the crocodile create challenges in treatment. Progressive tissue destruction and haemolysis are complications of such infected wounds. An antibiotic regime is recommended that covers gram negative rods, anaerobes and may include doxycycline, as well as the need to have a low threshold for early amputation.

Malawi Medical Journal Vol. 21 (1) 2009: pp. 29-31
AJOL African Journals Online