Treatment of the first known case of king cobra envenomation in the United Kingdom, complicated by severe anaphylaxis

Authors


Dr J. F. Silsby
E-mail: jsilsby@doctors.org.uk

Summary

We report the first known case of envenomation following snake bite by a king cobra in the UK. The patient required tracheal intubation and ventilation. Treatment with king cobra antivenom resulted in anaphylaxis (bronchospasm and hypotension), requiring adrenaline infusion. The patient's trachea was extubated 11 h after administration of antivenom.

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