Volume 73, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


We report a case of snakebite in which envenomation was manifested through impairment of the visual field. The patient, a 46-year-old man, was bitten on the right thumb by . Treatment with a specific equine antivenom (Bothrofav) was administered one hour after the bite. With the exception of fang marks, the results of a clinical examination, particularly the neurologic component, were normal. The day after the bite, the patient developed an inferior left lateral homonymous quadranopsia with macular epargne. T2 magnetic resonance imaging showed a right occipital infarction. His condition improved clinically and biologically. This observation of snakebite is the first in which envenomation was accompanied exclusively by an impairment of the visual field. Envenomation by is distinct in its incidence of significant thrombotic complications at a distance from the site of the bite.


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  • Received : 11 Mar 2005
  • Accepted : 14 Apr 2005

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