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Clinical and pathological pictures of snakebite poisoning by Crotalus durissus terrificus and Bothrops spp. in livestock

Carlos Hubinger Tokarnia Marilene Farias Brito José Diomedes Barbosa Jürgen Döbereiner About the authors

A review was performed about the clinical and pathological pictures caused by the venoms of Crotalus durissus terrificus and Bothrops spp. in cattle, buffaloes, horses, sheep and swine. The data were compiled from experiments in livestock species found in the literature, from experimentation accomplished by our research group, and from communicated natural cases of snakebite poisoning. The most important data were placed on two Tables, the analysis of which revealed some interesting aspects: (1) in our experiments the venom of Crotalus durissus terrificus caused in horses severe edema at the site of subcutaneous injection, to the contrary as observed in all other experimental animal species, an aspect not recorded in the literature; (2) in our experiments the venom of Bothrops species in cattle, sheep and horses, injected subcutaneously, did not cause edema as generally reported in the literature, but caused severe subcutaneous hemorrhages at the injection site. In the non fatal cases the blood was reabsorbed in a few days without leaving sequelae; exception was the reaction to the venom of Bothrops jararacussu, which caused edema in the experimental sheep, and severe tumefaction resulting in fistulous elimination of serous liquid in the experimental horses. The aim of this study was to contribute for the diagnostic of snakebite accidents in livestock.

Snake venom poisoning; Crotalus durissus terrificus; Bothrops spp.; livestock

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