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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 20(2); 2009 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2009;20(2): 223-226.
A Case Report of Snake bites During Pregnancy
Jin Joo Kim, Yong Su Lim, Hyuk Kee Lim, Jae Kwang Kim, Sung Youl Hyun, Hyuk Jun Yang, Gun Lee
Department of Emergency Medicine, Gachon University Gil Hospital, Korea. yongem@gilhospital.com
Snake bite during pregnancy is rare condition, and when it occurs there are two patients, mother and fetus. Timing is particularly important for pregnant women bitten by a snake. The earlier in the pregnancy the bite occurs, the more hazard to the fetus there is, and there are case reports of snake-bite-induced abortion and malformation of the fetus. The usefulness of antivenin during pregnancy is debatable. We report a case of snake bite during thirdtrimester pregnancy in a patient with general symptoms of envenomation and progressing edema in the bitten leg who was successfully treated with an emergency Caesarian section following the administration of antivenin.
Key words: Snake bites, Pregnancy, Antivenins, Therapy
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