Bitten by a Dragon

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Abstract

Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) are large lizards known to take down prey even larger than themselves. They rarely attack humans. A 38-year-old woman was bitten by a Komodo dragon on her hand while cleaning its enclosure. She was transiently hypotensive. The wounds were extensively cleaned, and she was started on prophylactic antibiotics. Her wounds healed without any infectious sequelae. Komodo dragon bites are historically thought to be highly infectious and venomous. Based on a literature review, neither of these are likely true. As in any bite, initial stabilization followed by wound management are the main components to therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-293
Number of pages3
JournalWilderness and Environmental Medicine
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

Keywords

  • Komodo dragon
  • animal bite
  • envenomation
  • wound management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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