ABSTRACT: Injuries relevant to neurosurgeons in central Europe are rarely caused by wild animal attacks, whereas dog bites in urban areas and farm-related attacks from cattle and horses are well-known to cause sometimes fatal head injuries. The authors describe the first case of a perforating frontobasal injury caused by a wild deer's antler. Associated lesions involved the endonasal area and the left orbit. A multidisciplinary approach was used to address all lesions in a one-stage operation resulting in a full recovery of the patient. Apart from the problem of a possible contamination of the head wound, injuries caused by wild animal attacks should be treated the same way as comparable "regular" cases. Adequate coverage of dural and bone defects with autologous material via a bifrontal intradural approach and meticulous debridement of the intracranial wound usually gives good functional and cosmetic results.
Central European neurosurgery 03/2009; 70(1):48-51. · 0.84 Impact Factor