JOURNAL ARTICLE

Envenomation by the red-tailed coral snake (Micrurus mipartitus) in Colombia

Carlos A Cañas, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Santiago Castaño-Valencia
Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases 2017, 23: 9
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BACKGROUND: Although the red-tailed coral snake (Micrurus mipartitus) is widely distributed in Colombia and its venom is highly neurotoxic and life threatening, envenomation by this species is rare. Therefore, this report may shed some light on the clinical presentation of M. mipartitus bites.

CASE PRESENTATIONS: Herein, we describe two cases of patients bitten by red-tailed coral snakes, illustrating the clinical presentation of the victims, the outcomes and treatment provided.

CONCLUSION: Envenomation caused by M. mipartitus provokes predicable neurotoxicity, and its treatment should be based on respiratory support and use of specific antivenom.

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