Volume 80, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Envenoming by and accounts for the majority of venomous snakebites in Taiwan. We conducted a retrospective study to systematically examine the clinical manifestations and responses to antivenom therapy after and envenoming. Information on demographic characteristics, treatments, and systemic/local complications were abstracted from medical charts between 1991 and 2006. One hundred forty-nine patients with envenoming and 51 with envenoming were eligible for the final analysis, and they differed in terms of patient age, bite site, local bruising, proportion of patients needing ≥ 3 vials of antivenom, and mean hospital stay. Univariate analysis revealed that envenoming had a higher risk of developing rhabdomyolysis, cellulitis, necrosis, and skin graft. Our findings suggested that envenoming was associated with a greater risk of severe clinical events, and monitoring for major clinical complications would be recommended.


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  • Received : 07 Apr 2008
  • Accepted : 30 Sep 2008

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