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Acute repiratory distress syndrome

S A Kularatne, N Ratnatunga
OBJECTIVE: To report unpredictable severe systemic effects of hump-nosed viper envenomation. SETTING: Medical unit, General hospital, Anuradhapura. METHODS: The clinical outcome of seven patients bitten by Merrem's hump-nosed viper were monitored until recovery or death. Limited autopsies were performed on the latter. Offending snakes were positively identified by medical officers and in one instance by a herpetologist. CONCLUSION: Merrem's hump-nosed viper bites, caused an array of potentially fatal systemic manifestations...
December 1999: Ceylon Medical Journal
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