Issue: 2006 > May > case report

Serious envenomation after a snakebite by a Western bush viper (<i>Atheris chlorechis</i>) in the Netherlands: a case report

L.J. Top, J.E. Tulleken, J.J.M. Ligtenberg, J.H.J.M. Meertens, T.S. van der Werf, J.G. Zijlstra


Venomous snakebites are a rarity in the Netherlands. In
this report we describe the case of a 26-year-old male
amateur snakekeeper who was bitten in his left index
finger by a Western bush viper (<i>Atheris chlorechis</i>). His clinical condition deteriorated rapidly with acute renal failure and considerable blood loss due to coagulopathy. Antidote was not readily available and was finally supplied by a zoo in Antwerp, Belgium. One day after admission the blood loss diminished.