Volume 102, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Infections secondary to snakebite occur in a number of patients and are potentially life-threatening. bites in Martinique average 30 cases per year and may result in severe thrombotic and infectious complications. We aimed to investigate the infectious complications related to bite. A retrospective single-center observational study over 7 years (2011–2018) was carried out, including all patients admitted to the hospital because of bite. One hundred seventy snake-bitten patients (121 males and 49 females) were included. Thirty-nine patients (23%) presented grade 3 or 4 envenoming. Twenty patients (12%) developed wound infections. The isolated bacteria were (3 cases), (two cases), group A , and group B (one case each). Patients were treated empirically with third-generation cephalosporin (or amoxicillin–clavulanate), aminoglycoside, and metronidazole combinations. Outcome was favorable in all patients. The main factor significantly associated with the occurrence of infection following snakebite was the severity of envenoming ( < 0.05). Our findings clearly point toward the frequent onset of infectious complications in –bitten patients presenting with grade 3 and 4 envenoming. Thus, based on the bacteria identified in the wounds, we suggest that empiric antibiotic therapy including third-generation cephalosporin should be administered to those patients on hospital admission.

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  • Received : 13 May 2019
  • Accepted : 12 Jul 2019
  • Published online : 14 Oct 2019

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