Antivenin and fasciotomy/debridement in the treatment of the severe rattlesnake bite

Ronald M. Stewart, Carey P. Page, Wayne H. Schwesinger, Roger McCarter, Jeff Martinez, J. Bradley Aust

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This experimental study of severe rattlesnake envenomation compares antivenin alone, fasciotomy and debridement alone, and a combination of the two methods as definitive treatment. Superior survival and preservation of muscle function were observed in the animals treated with antivenin alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-547
Number of pages5
JournalThe American Journal of Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1989


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  • Surgery

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