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Article Number - 31CA3FE5335


Vol.5(6), pp. 67-70 , October 2013
DOI: 10.5897/JCMR2013.0236
ISSN: 2141-2235


Case Report

Is delayed coagulopathy still difficult to anticipate after snakebite? — An illustrative case report



Philip B. Adebayo
  • Philip B. Adebayo
  • Departments of Medicine, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology/Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Nigeria. Department of Medicine, Federal Medical centre, Bida, Niger State, Nigeria.
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Umenze Ikenna
  • Umenze Ikenna
  • Department of Medicine, Federal Medical centre, Bida, Niger State, Nigeria.
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Umar G. Adamu
  • Umar G. Adamu
  • Department of Medicine, Federal Medical centre, Bida, Niger State, Nigeria.
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Alaba G. Okuku
  • Alaba G. Okuku
  • Department of Medicine, Federal Medical centre, Bida, Niger State, Nigeria.
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 Accepted: 25 July 2013  Published: 31 October 2013

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Coagulopathy following snakebite typically occur within 24 h. Occasionally, abnormality of the coagulation system persists into the second week; although clinically, significant bleeding is rare after seven days. Early coagulopathy and concurrent acute renal failure tends to increase the odd of delayed coagulopathy. We report a case of delayed coagulopathy and renal failure occurring after 2 weeks in a previously healthy male patient who was bitten by Echis occelatus to illustrate the fact that coagulopathy could be delayed till the third week after snakebite. We suggest close clinical and/or laboratory surveillance of patients who survived an early envenomation, so as to forestall unnecessary morbidity and mortality.

 

Key words: Coagulopathy, snakebite, Echis occelatus.


APA (2013). Is delayed coagulopathy still difficult to anticipate after snakebite? — An illustrative case report. Journal of Clinical Medicine and Research, 5(6), 67-70.
Chicago Philip B. Adebayo, Umenze Ikenna, Umar G. Adamu and Alaba G. Okuku. "Is delayed coagulopathy still difficult to anticipate after snakebite? — An illustrative case report." Journal of Clinical Medicine and Research 5, no. 6 (2013): 67-70.
MLA Philip B. Adebayo, et al. "Is delayed coagulopathy still difficult to anticipate after snakebite? — An illustrative case report." Journal of Clinical Medicine and Research 5.6 (2013): 67-70.
   
DOI 10.5897/JCMR2013.0236
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/JCMR/article-abstract/31CA3FE5335

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