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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-54

Challenges of managing viper envenomation

1 Department of Medicine, INHS, Patanjali, Karnataka, India
2 Department of ENT, INHS, Patanjali, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Purvesh Agrawal
Department of Medicine, INHS Patanjali, Karwar - 581 308, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajim.ajim_62_20

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The signs and symptoms following snakebite envenomation vary according to the type of snake encountered. Typically, Viperidae (vipers) envenomates with a hemotoxin causing coagulopathy and muscle breakdown, while elapids envenomate with a neurotoxin. However, these are not exclusive; the venom from elapids can have a hemotoxic effect and that of the Viperidae can be neurotoxic. We present a case series of viper envenomation presenting to the emergency department at a secondary care Indian Navy Hospital during 2019–2020. These cases highlight the clinical challenges involved in presentation of viper envenomation.

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