The psychological impact of snakebite, a neglected aspect in WHO snakebite treatment guidelines for Africa
Snakebite envenoming and psychological co-morbidity
From a historical case of systemic envenoming and depression in Zambia details were kept. Presenting features fitted a viper bite, warranting polyvalent antivenom intravenously. Applying presently used ‘WHO guidelines for prevention and clinical management of snakebite in Africa’ (2010), indicate a puff adder (Bitis arietans) bite and similar treatment. Snakebite treatment guidelines need an update on psychological co-morbidity.
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