Sea Snake Bites Resulted in a Mimic of Brain Death
- *Corresponding Author:
- Fangjun Liu
WEIFANG Medical University, 288 Sheng Li East Street
Weifang, Shandong, P.R. China
Phone: +86 13054772295
Email: [email protected]
Received date: 16 April, 2015 Accepted date: 06 May, 2015 Published date: 14 May, 2015
Citation: Feng Li, Kepeng Li, Sun B, Tang S, Fangjun Liu (2015) Sea Snake Bites Resulted in a Mimic of Brain Death. J Clin Toxicol 5:250. doi: 10.4172/2161-0495.1000250
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A 69 year old man with deep coma presented after an alleged history of sea snake bite. Patient presented with irresponsiveness to painful stimuli, complete ptosis, internal and external ophthalmoplegia. He was given continuous ventilator support despite signs of brain stem dysfunction. On admission day 20, the patient was weaned off ventilator and discharged from the hospital. Whenever treating patients who were suspected with a history of snake bite, an emergency physician should always consider severe envenomation in the differential diagnosis of acute neuroparalytic syndrome, which may avert the unfortunate misdiagnoses of brain death.