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Maternal and Perinatal Outcome, a Case Report of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation Following Snakebite after Treatment with Polyvalent Anti-snake Bites


Author(s): Khadijeh Rezaie Keikhaie1, Leili Rezaie Kahkhaie

Snakebite is not common during pregnancy, but the obstetric consequences are severe and associated with the severity of envenomation. Early stages of pregnancy and treatment delay are risk factors for the poor prognosis. A 20-year-old pregnant woman in 16 weeks of the first pregnancy referred to Zabol Amir Hospital on August 13, 2015, with the history of snakebite on the right foot. Intravenous fluid, 2 units of packed cells and 4 units of fresh frozen plasma (FFP) were administered, however, the coagulopathy and hematuria remained. Polyvalent anti-snakebite serum was injected. At first, 3 vials (30 mg) were injected and due to lack of improvement, four extra doses (40 mg) of polyvalent anti-snakebite serum were administered; then, at the 5th day she was discharged with a good general condition. The follow up was performed on a regular basis including periodic examination, PT and PTT check. Snakebite during pregnancy can lead to a dangerous condition for the mother and fetus. However, early treatment with polyvalent anti-snake serum and appropriate management improved the outcome of snakebite in pregnancy

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