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Positive response to edrophonium in death adder (Acanthophis antarcticus) envenomation.

Abstract
A 20-year-old Papua New Guinean male developed neuromuscular paralysis following a bite by a death adder (Acanthophis antarcticus). Ptosis persisted despite otherwise effective anti-venom therapy. The ptosis clinically resembled myasthenia gravis and improved after intravenous edrophonium. The role of anticholinesterase drugs in snake bite management is discussed.
AuthorsB J Hudson
JournalAustralian and New Zealand journal of medicine (Aust N Z J Med) Vol. 18 Issue 6 Pg. 792-4 (Oct 1988) ISSN: 0004-8291 [Print] AUSTRALIA
PMID3242468 (Publication Type: Case Reports, Journal Article)
Chemical References
  • Edrophonium
Topics
  • Adult
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Edrophonium (administration & dosage)
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intravenous
  • Male
  • Myasthenia Gravis (diagnosis)
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Snake Bites (drug therapy)

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