Animal bite injuries are prevalent worldwide, but the causative animal and the spectrum of injuries are dependent on the kind of animals cohabitating with the human population. Camel bites as a cause are relatively rare. Camels are particularly aggressive, especially during the mating season, when conflicts between the males occasionally lead to dangerous fights resulting in the death of one or both of the combatants. We present a case of camel bite injury to the maxillofacial region inducing an uncommon fracture and the management of both soft and hard tissue injuries, especially addressing the literature for this uncommon bite injury. Because of the unique mode of injury, the ramus was horizontally fractured and displaced. The fracture was also compound because of the deep intraoral bite wounds. The ramal fracture itself is a rare entity. The issue of primary or delayed closure in such cases is addressed.
From the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Post Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences, Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, India.
Received March 14, 2013.
Accepted for publication March 31, 2013.
Address correspondence and reprint requests to Shruti Khatana, BDS, MDS, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Post Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences, Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak-124001, India; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The authors report no conflicts of interest.