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Bacteriology of snakebite abscess.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1440882     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Thirty-eight cases of abscess secondary to pit viper envenomation are reviewed. The incidence of abscess formation was 9%. Results of aerobic cultures revealed growth of enteric, coliform organisms in 22 of 25 isolates obtained from previously unopened abscesses. Clinical evidence for co-existent anaerobic infection is presented. No cases of tetanus were encountered. Clinical and laboratory findings of patients in the study are correlated with a review of bacteriologic investigations of the oral flora of venomous snakes. Use of antibiotics effective against aerobic coliforms and histotoxic anaerobic organisms for prophylaxis and/or treatment of infectious complications of pit viper envenomation are recommended.
K R Kerrigan
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tropical doctor     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0049-4755     ISO Abbreviation:  Trop Doct     Publication Date:  1992 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-12-11     Completed Date:  1992-12-11     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1301706     Medline TA:  Trop Doct     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  158-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hospital Vozandes Oriente Shell, Pastaza, Ecuador.
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MeSH Terms
Abscess / drug therapy,  etiology,  microbiology*
Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
Snake Bites / complications,  drug therapy,  microbiology*
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0/Anti-Bacterial Agents

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