An unusual localization of snakebite treated without antivenin: Case report

Satar S., Karcioglu O., Sebe A.

MOUNT SINAI JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, vol.72, no.2, pp.116-119, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 72 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.116-119
  • Keywords: antivenom, antivenin, envenomation, snake, snakebite, treatment, UNITED-STATES, BITES, ENVENOMATION
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


Snakebite is one of the commonest causes of morbidity and mortality in tropical regions. This paper focuses on the medical treatment of a patient who had been bitten by a snake on the vertex of his head. It was a severe envenomation with ensuing marked edema associated with coagulation abnormalities. Although the antivenin was extensively sought in various medical centers, it was unavailable. We observed and treated the patient, with special regard to his hematological findings and potential complications. Specifically, tetanus prophylaxis and intravenous fluids were administered, and the wound was cleaned and dressed. Fresh frozen plasma was also administered. The patient responded well, and was discharged on the fourth day of his admission, without any sequelae.