Zeff Koutsogiannis explains the management of snakebite, spider bite and marine envenomation for the fellowship exam.
snake envenomation, envenoming, assessment, management, toxicology, toxinology
Geoff Isbister — the ultimate toxinology guru — was at SMACC, and he asked ‘Does Antivenom Work?’
A snake slithers away and a man is left with a leg wound oozing blood. Can you handle this suspected snakebite scenario in rural NSW?
My recent talk on marine envenoming is now alive in blog-post form thanks to the MicroGnome. It gives a brief overview of the clinical aspects of marine envenoming from an Australian perspective.
A 5 year old girl is unable to walk and is becoming progressively weaker. She also complained of a lump on her head. Can you make the diagnosis?
So you sailed through the toxidrome challenge did you? How are you with elapids? Let’s see how you fare on the ‘Australian Snakebite Envenoming Challenge’…
How this works: For each of the six types of venomous Australian snake see if you can describe the classic findings for each of the possibly clinical effects listed below – click on the link to show/hide the answer.
Clinical case of a man being stung on the distal palmar surface of his right index finger by his lionfish (Pterois volitans) while cleaning his aquarium.
The multi-tentacled box jellyfish, Chironex fleckeri, is possibly the most venomous animal in the world. Here’s some footage from documentaries on this amazing beast (aka “booger with tentacles”!?):
Documentary footage, featuring Dr Mike Leahy putting his life at risk, concerning the jellyfish that cause Irukandji syndrome
It’s Christmas, and you’re called by a doctor who has recently arrived in Australia from the UK. He is in North Queensland looking after a 23 year-old female swimmer who doesn’t look at all well…
A 27 year-old woman felt a sting on the back of the right leg while pulling on her tracksuit pants. She investigated further and discovered a small black spider, with a red-stripe on its back, crawling around in her tracksuit pants.