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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 21(6); 2010 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2010;21(6): 910-912.
Spontaneous Retroperitoneal Hematoma due to Vascular Injury Following Korean Viper Bite
Tae Oh Jeong
Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Korea. emmd@jbnu.ac.kr
Various hematologic and vascular complications from snakebites have been reported in the literature. Spontaneous bleeding causing hematoma, however, is not a common complication of snakebites. Here we report a case of spontaneous retroperitoneal hematoma in which a 72-year-old male visited the emergency department with sudden-onset left flank pain and dizziness. Computed tomography (CT) revealed high-attenuation fluid collection in the retroperitoneum and contrast extravasation. Conservative treatment was continued and he was discharged without any complications after 7 days.
Key words: Snake bites, Hematoma, Retroperitoneal space
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