Snake bite envenomation causes a significant health burden globally, especially in austere or resource poor settings. This case series describes envenomation in two adults and two children presenting to the Role 3 Medical Treatment Facility in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Each case has similarities with respect to the coagulopathy of envenomation but differs in terms of time delay to presentation and response to treatment, including reactions to antivenom. We discuss the challenges and ethical dilemmas in delayed-presentation snakebite, the diagnosis and treatment of coagulopathy and the role of antivenom and surgical debridement.
- Chemical pathology
- Intensive & critical care
- Received February 19, 2013.
- Accepted February 28, 2013.
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