Fast Five Quiz: Are You Prepared to Confront Snakebites?

Richard H. Sinert, DO


January 10, 2017

Defibrination and/or thrombocytopenia most often characterize snakebite coagulopathy. Defibrination is manifested by low serum fibrinogen, elevated prothrombin time, and elevated fibrin split products.

Although radioimmunoassay has been used to detect venom in patients with snakebites, it is impractical and expensive. Immunofluorescence has detected venom in tissue samples but is not used in body fluids. Although antibody microarrays have been proposed, they have not been routinely used.

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