In India, viper bites are more common than any other poisonous snake bites. In these patients, the cardinal features are local pain, swelling and mild coagulation abnormalities; but gangrenous changes involving bilateral upper and lower limbs are uncommon. We are reporting a case of a 62-year-old man bitten by a Russell viper on the right thumb. He experienced local pain, swelling and later developed disseminated intravascular coagulopathy, pre-renal azotemia, sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and peripheral gangrenous changes involving bilateral upper and lower limbs. He succumbed to his ailment 5 months after the bite. There have been very few cases of gangrenous changes involving distal part of extremities associated with snake bite.

Keywords: Adult respiratory distress syndrome, Gangrene, Whole blood clotting time, Anti-snake venom, Disseminated intravascular coagulopathy.

How to cite this article: Ghodke B, Radke M, Pusukuru R. An Unusual Presentation of Vasculotoxic Snake Bite. MGM J Med Sci 2014;1(4):196-198.

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