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Amputation and disability following snakebite in Nigeria.

Abstract

Snakebite is an important cause of amputation and disability in rural communities throughout the tropics. However, the details of the causes, types and estimates of disability are lacking. This report describes 16 snakebite victims who had amputations, including two who had above-knee amputations. The patients presented with limb swelling (16), gangrene (15), ischaemia (4) and three had possible compartment syndrome. All the patients used ineffective time wasting remedies that were potentially harmful as first-aid. The median delay to hospital following bite was 2.5 days. In order to prevent disability, efforts should be made to: reduce delay before hospital presentation; improve the knowledge of first-aid; provide effective antivenoms; improve wound and clinical care in communities; and improve facilities.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Abubakar S B
Habib A G
Mathew J
Year of Publication
2010
Journal
Tropical doctor
Volume
40
Issue
2
Number of Pages
114-6
Language
eng
ISSN Number
1758-1133
DOI
10.1258/td.2009.090266
Alternate Journal
Trop Doct
Publication Language
eng
Regional focus