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Use of CroFab antivenin in the management of a very young pediatric copperhead envenomation.

Authors
  • Trinh, Hai H
  • Hack, Jason B
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of emergency medicine
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2005
Volume
29
Issue
2
Pages
159–162
Identifiers
PMID: 16029826
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The use of crotalid Fab antivenin (CroFab) in the treatment of snake envenomations in the pediatric population is still an underexplored area. There are very limited data to confirm the efficacy and safety of dosing children the same as adults and even less information available to evaluate this antivenin use in copperhead snake bites in children. We report the first use of crotalid Fab antivenin in an adult dose for a copperhead snake envenomation in a 2-year-old child. She had rapid resolution of symptoms with no adverse effects. The report serves to increase the literature supporting the current dosing recommendations of crotalid Fab antivenin in very young pediatric patients evidenced by its effectiveness in this patient.

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