Journal of Pediatric Neurology
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1697923
Case Report
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Intracranial Injury after a Dog Attack in a Neonate

Carmen Niño-Taravilla
1  Pediatric Critical Care Service, Hospital Infantil Universitario Niño Jesús, Madrid, Spain
,
Alberto García-Salido
1  Pediatric Critical Care Service, Hospital Infantil Universitario Niño Jesús, Madrid, Spain
,
Inés Leoz-Gordillo
1  Pediatric Critical Care Service, Hospital Infantil Universitario Niño Jesús, Madrid, Spain
,
María Teresa García-Campos
2  Pediatric Neurosurgery Service, Hospital Infantil Universitario Niño Jesús, Madrid, Spain
,
Trinidad Magdalena Márquez-Pérez
2  Pediatric Neurosurgery Service, Hospital Infantil Universitario Niño Jesús, Madrid, Spain
,
Isabel Rozas-Gómez
3  Pediatric Radiology Service, Hospital Infantil Universitario Niño Jesús, Madrid, Spain
,
Ana Serrano-González
1  Pediatric Critical Care Service, Hospital Infantil Universitario Niño Jesús, Madrid, Spain
› Author Affiliations
Funding None.
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Publication History

08 May 2019

14 August 2019

Publication Date:
18 October 2019 (online)

Abstract

Dog bites are a common event, especially in the pediatric population. Common anatomic site of dog bites is the head. Despite this, intracranial injuries due to dog bites are reported anecdotally, especially in neonates. We report a 7-day-old female neonate attacked in the head by the family dog. She presented penetrating bilateral intracranial injuries that required urgent surgery and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission. She received rabies and tetanus prophylaxis, wide-spectrum antibiotic, and anticonvulsive prophylaxis. She was hospitalized in PICU for 9 days, developing intracranial hypertension. One year after the dog bite, she showed moderate psychomotor retardation and focal epilepsy.