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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 960-962

Case report: Snakebite envenomation presenting with atrial fibrillation

Department of Internal Medicine, Acharya Vinobha Bhave Rural Hospital, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, DMIMS, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Aditi Patni
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DOI: 10.4103/jdmimsu.jdmimsu_380_22

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Snakebite envenomation is a potentially life-threatening event which results due to the toxins present in the bite of venomous snakes. Snake bites commonly present with complications such as erythema, edema, bleeding, blistering, and tenderness at the bite site and autonomic symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and increased salivation and sweating. Labored breathing and coagulopathy are among others. However, cardiac complications are not known to be a prominent feature of snakebites, although a few rare manifestations such as myocardial infarction and arrhythmias have been found in the literature. The case report that follows describes a patient of Snakebite who came with chief complaints of drowsiness, palpitation, nausea and vomiting. Blood investigation showed an abnormal coagulation profile. Electrocardiography revealed atrial fibrillation after which the patient was shifted to the intensive care unit and was treated with anti-snake venom. It eventually got resolved. Therefore, the case of snakebite warrants attentive cardiac monitoring.

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