Resolution of compartment syndrome after rattlesnake envenomation utilizing non-invasive measures

Barry S. Gold, Robert A. Barish, Richard C. Dart, Ronald P. Silverman, Grant V. Bochicchio

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Abstract

Western diamondback rattlesnake envenomation is usually managed by administration of neutralizing antivenom. The development of compartment syndrome is a rare complication that has sparked considerable debate regarding medical vs. surgical management. We report a case of compartment syndrome resulting from a rattlesnake envenomation, which responded to large doses of neutralizing antivenom given concomitantly with mannitol and hyperbaric oxygen. This regimen obviated the need for surgical fasciotomy and its associated morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-288
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Anti-venom
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Envenomation
  • Hyperbaric oxygen
  • Mannitol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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