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VOLUME 11 , ISSUE 1 ( January-April, 2018 ) > List of Articles


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

Razak Ismail, Md Khir Abdullah, Noorizan Yahya, Thiaga Gobal

Keywords : Graft, Mutilating injury, Softshell turtle

Citation Information : Ismail R, Abdullah MK, Yahya N, Gobal T. Mutilating Nose Injury by Softshell Turtle (labi-labi) Bite: A Rare Case. Clin Rhinol An Int J 2018; 11 (1):29-31.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10013-1339

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-09-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


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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