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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 100-101

Neglected snakebite injury and harmful practices in rural settings: A report of an 8-year-old child from Nigeria

1 Department of Paediatrics, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
2 Department of Family Medicine, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria
3 Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kudu, Nigeria
4 Department of Paediatrics, University of Maiduguri; Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ibrahim Aliyu
Department of Paediatrics, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/LJMS.LJMS_67_18

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Snakebite is prevalent in some communities in Nigeria. Unfortunately, some patients still find it difficult to readily assess health care, resulting in late presentation, whereas others will prefer to use traditional remedies, only seeking orthodox care late after experiencing failure of traditional remedies; this accounts for significant increase in cases of complications and mortalities witnessed. Therefore, the case of an 8-year-old boy who had carpet viper bite on the right hand that developed gangrene due to late presentation is highlighted.

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