Tick attachment sites

Wilderness Environ Med. Spring 2008;19(1):4-6. doi: 10.1580/06-WEME-BR-067.1.


Objective: The duration of tick attachment is related to the likelihood of disease transmission. To be able to locate and remove an attached tick is important.

Methods: Sixty-seven patients presenting with tick bites to the Karadeniz Technical University emergency department and 3 different first-stage health institutions between April and July 2006 were investigated to determine the distribution of the bites.

Results: Tick attachment site distribution was determined as follows: 9% head-neck, 5% arm, 24% stomach-groin, 7% back, 18% chest-shoulder, 25% leg-foot, and 12% hip.

Conclusions: According to the results of our study, 20% of ticks attach to regions of the body that patients cannot themselves see. After travel in endemic areas, a complete inspection of the entire body surface is required to achive early tick removal.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Animals
  • Bites and Stings*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ticks / physiology*