PMID: 7939957Dec 1, 1993Paper

Clinical features and hospital management of bites by the white-lipped green pit viper (Trimeresurus albolabris)

The Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
T Y ChanJ A Critchley

Abstract

The clinical features and hospital management of 31 patients who were bitten by the white-lipped green pit viper (Trimeresurus albolabris) in Hong Kong are reviewed. The cardinal features in these patients were local pain and swelling and mild coagulation abnormalities. Hospital management should include prophylaxis against tetanus, analgesics and measures to reduce local effects such as elevation of the limb. The benefits of the use of prophylactic antibiotics remain to be established. Severe coagulation disturbances were uncommon and responded to fresh frozen plasma and platelet transfusion.

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