Treatment of bites by adders and exotic venomous snakes BMJ Volume 331, pp 1244-7
Life threatening snake bites are uncommon in the UK but can happen, especially in children, and should not be underestimated, says an expert in this weeks BMJ.
Antivenom, the only specific antidote is underused in the UK.
As well as bites by the UKs only indigenous venomous snake, the adder, doctors should also be aware that large numbers of dangerous snakes are kept surreptitiously as macho pets, writes Professor David Warrell. This "underground zoo" reveals itself a few times each year when bitten owners are forced to seek medical help.
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