Dog Bite Injuries Review

Medical Record Review of Dog Bite-related Facial Fractures Among the Pediatric Population

Protocol Description

The goal of this retrospective investigation is to collect and analyze dog bite-related injuries in the pediatric population, as there currently is no comprehensive study of a large cohort of patients who suffered facial fractures from dog bites. Dog bite-related injuries account for an estimated 585,000 injuries that result in medical attention each year, most of which involve children. Researchers anticipate that findings from this study will assist in the development of standardized, evidence-based protocols for evaluation and management of these complex injuries and assist in plastic and reconstructive surgery quality improvement measures.

Eligibility Criteria

Children who were treated for dog bites at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will be eligible for inclusion.
Males and Females: All ages


There are no requirements of participants. Clinical data will be extracted from the medical record for review and analysis. Among other details, the data will include the severity of the dog bite, treatment of soft tissue and bony injuries, and review of CT and MRI radiographic information.
Visits: None required
Duration: Not applicable

Status: Open to Enrollment

Additional Information

Plastic Surgery Research

Primary Investigator

Joseph E. Losee, MD, FACS, FAAP

Contact Information

For more information about the study, please contact:
Research Specialist Jennifer Fantuzzo, BS