Envenoming by the common krait (Bungarus caeruleus) and Sri Lankan cobra (Naja naja naja): efficacy and complications of therapy with Haffkine antivenom.

@article{Theakston1990EnvenomingBT,
  title={Envenoming by the common krait (Bungarus caeruleus) and Sri Lankan cobra (Naja naja naja): efficacy and complications of therapy with Haffkine antivenom.},
  author={Robert David Geoffrey Theakston and Rodney E. Phillips and David A. Warrell and Y Galagedera and D T Abeysekera and P Dissanayaka and Angela P De Silva and D J Aloysius},
  journal={Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene},
  year={1990},
  volume={84 2},
  pages={301-8}
}
In Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, 5 patients proved to have been bitten by common kraits (Bungarus caeruelus) and 2 by Sri Lankan cobras (Naja naja naja) were investigated. In all the cases of krait bite the patients were bitten while they were asleep: local signs were negligible but 4 developed symptoms of systemic envenoming including paralysis, muscle pain and tenderness and abdominal pain. Mild myoglobinaemia was found in one case. Of the 2 patients bitten by cobras, one developed severe local… CONTINUE READING
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