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Management of Compartment Syndrome Due to Snakebite

Specialty:

Toxicology
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care

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Description:

A compartment syndrome may follow a snakebite to an extremity, typically the lower leg. Snake venom causes swelling of tissue, which if delimited by fascia and bone may result in elevated pressure within the compartment. If left untreated, ischemic necrosis may occur when the pressure is sufficient to limit the arterial blood supply to the area.

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