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Bites by puff-adder (Bitis arietans) in Nigeria, and value of antivenom.

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Ten patients bitten by the puff-adder (Bitis arietans) were studied in the North of Nigeria. Six showed severe local signs, and four also had evidence of systemic envenoming, including spontaneous bleeding with thrombocytopenia, hypotension, and bradycardia. Two patients died after developing circulatory collapse and renal failure. Antivenom and intravenous fluid restored blood pressure in two hypotensive patients, and antivenom probably prevented the development of local necrosis in four oth...

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10.1136/bmj.4.5998.697

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Journal:
British medical journal
Volume:
4
Issue:
5998
Pages:
697-700
Publication date:
1975-12-01
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EISSN:
1468-5833
ISSN:
0007-1447
Source identifiers:
60996
Language:
English
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pubs:60996
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2012-12-19

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