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Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2015 Feb;23(2):212-4. doi: 10.1177/0218492313501819. Epub 2013 Oct 29.

Sinus node dysfunction complicating viper bite.

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  • 1Department of Cardiology, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, Bangalore, India medashish@rediffmail.com.
  • 2Department of Cardiology, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, Bangalore, India.
  • 3Department of Emergency Medicine, Kempe Gowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, India.

Abstract

Viper venom toxicities comprise mainly bleeding disorders and nephrotoxicity. Cardiotoxicity is a rare manifestation of viper bite. We describe the case of a previously healthy 35-year-old man who developed coagulopathy and sinus node dysfunction following a viper bite. Electrocardiography showed sinus arrest and junctional escape rhythm. This is the first account of sinus node dysfunction caused by a viper bite.

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KEYWORDS:

Sick sinus syndrome; russell’s viper; snake bites; viper venoms; viperidae

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