Mutilating Nose Injury by Softshell Turtle (labi-labi) Bite: A Rare Case

JOURNAL TITLE: An International Journal Clinical Rhinology

Author
1. Md Khir Abdullah
2. Razak Ismail
3. Thiaga Gobal
4. Noorizan Yahya
ISSN
0974-4630
DOI
10.5005/jp-journals-10013-1339
Volume
11
Issue
1
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
2
Author Affiliations
1. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@2bedbd86 ,
2. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@5b15ef59 ,
3. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@6cb68b45 ,
4. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@777eda57
Article keywords
Graft, Mutilating injury, Softshell turtle

Abstract

This case report discusses a case of mutilating injury of the tip nose caused by a softshell turtle bite. The patient was an aborigine who earned a living by catching and selling softshell turtles (Dogania subplana). He was bitten by one while trying to catch it. This case depicts the nature of this softshell turtle, the injuries it can cause, and the procedures for the reconstruction of the patient\'s nose. Softshell turtle bites have practically never been reported. However, softshell turtle bites on the nose, as with typical animal-inflicted injuries to the same area, can be treated using the same principles of managing a possibly-contaminated nasal wound.

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