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2/14/2015

Hossam M.Al-Tatari, M.D.

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Snake bites

45000 reported annually in US

Only 8000 are venomous

Toxins are species specific

Nuerotoxic: Death results from respiratory suppression

Cytolytic: Death results from hemorrhagic shock, adult respiratory distress syndrome or renal failure.

Antivenins should be administered within <4 hours when indicated and before the presence of any symptoms.

They pose a small but significant risk of immediate hypersensitivity reaction.

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