Neurologic complications of a coral snake bite

L. Creed Pettigrew, J. Peter Glass

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A 27-year-old man was bitten by a coral snake in Mexico. Within 24 hours he had ptosis, dysphonia, difficulty chewing, and limb weakness. His symptoms peaked at 72 hours with loss of ambulation. Neurologic examination was consistent with severe myasthenia. Repetitive stimulation of the median nerve showed a postsynaptic defect that was not corrected by edrophonium. He was monitored in an intensive care unit, but received no antivenom globulin or acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. The syn¬drome abated in 3 weeks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-592
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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