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Ann Trop Paediatr. 2000 Jun;20(2):121-4.

Snake bites in children in The Gambia.

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Royal Victoria Hospital, Banjul, The Gambia.


This is a retrospective study of the demographic features, treatment and outcome of 28 cases of snake bite admitted to the department of paediatrics of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Banjul, The Gambia over a 3-year period. The age range was 2-14 years and the male:female ratio was 2.1:1. Most bites were on the legs and occurred near home. Most snake bites presented early at hospital and marked swelling of the affected limb was the most common clinical sign. Shock, restlessness and regional adenitis of the affected limb were common in children who died. The case fatality rate was 14.3%. Most children did not receive specific antivenom therapy.

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