|Title||Severe toxicity from crotalid envenomation after early resolution of symptoms.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1995|
|Journal||Ann Emerg Med|
|Date Published||1995 Sep|
|Keywords||Adult, Animals, Blood Coagulation Disorders, Crotalid Venoms, crotalus, Emergency Service, Hospital, Humans, Male, Pain, Snake Bites, Time Factors|
Initial observation of a patient who sustained a rattlesnake bite on the hand showed resolution of mild swelling over 3 hours. The patient left the emergency department against medical advice, only to return 12 hours later with severe pain and swelling, as well as a marked coagulopathy. This case illustrates the need for an observation period after crotalid bite, even when the envenomation seems to be minor or when symptoms resolve.
|Alternate Journal||Ann Emerg Med|
Severe toxicity from crotalid envenomation after early resolution of symptoms.
John A. Guisto, MD, FACEP