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|Title:||Consecutive envenomation of two men bitten by the same coral snake (micrurus corallinus)|
Borrasca-Fernandes, Carla F.
Capitani, Eduardo M. de
|Abstract:||To report two patients who developed systemic neurotoxicity after consecutive bites by the same coral snake. Case report: Two previously healthy men (32-year-old and 34-year-old) found a coral snake in a woodpile while collecting wood for a barbecue. During the barbecue, both men became drunk and "played" with the snake, believing that they were handling a false coral snake, and were bitten within a few minutes of each other. Both patients were admitted to a referral tertiary care hospital (175 km from where the bites occurred) 16 hours and 19 hours postbite; both showed similar features of envenomation: palpebral ptosis, muscle weakness, dysphagia, and generalized myalgia. No fang marks or local pain were detected in either case. The patients were successfully treated with Brazilian coral snake antivenom (Fab '(2)) and discharged one-day postadmission, with improvement of myasthenia, but still showing palpebral ptosis. The offending snake was identified as a 42-cm-long Micrurus corallinus. During follow-up, both patients reported a transitory loss of taste that lasted approximately 3-4 weeks postbite. Conclusion: Consecutive bites by the same coral snake may cause systemic neurotoxicity (acute myasthenia) in more than one person, as well as transitory loss of taste, an underreported complication of snakebites|
|Editor:||Taylor & Francis|
|Appears in Collections:||FCM - Artigos e Outros Documentos|
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