Trimeresurus hageni envenomation

This envenomation occurred on the evening of October 8th, 2002 in a Central Florida reptile facility. Swelling had progressed to the shoulder within half an hour of the bite, and the victim was experiencing abdominal cramps, nausea and dizziness.

Thanks to the Florida Antivenom Bank and Professor David Warrell's extensive clinical experience with Trimeresurus envenomation, the medical doctors in attendance were well advised as to the appropriate medical management of this rare and unusual bite case. There is no antivenom specific to this species. Antivenom raised against the closest taxonomic match (Thai Green Pit Viper, albolabris/macrops) is not considered likely to be cross reactive and is known to have unpleasant side effects, so it was not recommended in this instance.

Continue to photographs from October 9th, 24 hours post bite.

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