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Sharply Demarcated Incisions Caused by Rat Bites

Beatrice Dyring-Andersen, MD; Torkil Menne, MD; Lone Skov, MD
Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(10):1209-1210. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2012.2050.
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Historically, the rat was feared for being able to transmit a variety of diseases. Today, rats are increasingly seen as pets, and the number of people bitten by rats is increasing.

Correspondence: Dr Dyring-Andersen, Department of Dermato-Allergology, Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte, Niels Andersens Vej 65, DK-2900 Hellerup, Denmark (bdyr0007@geh.regionh.dk).

Financial Disclosure: None reported.

Funding/Support: Dr Dyring-Andersen received funding from the Aage Bangs Foundation.

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Figure 1. The patient had multiple, 3- to 4-mm long, sharply demarcated, slightly curved incisions caused by rat bites, here shown in the temporal region.

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Figure 2. Multiple rat bites are visible on the finger, some even penetrating the nail.

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