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Envenomation by the red-tailed coral snake (Micrurus mipartitus) in Colombia

Cañas, Carlos ACastro-Herrera, FernandoCastaño-Valencia, Santiago

BackgroundAlthough the red-tailed coral snake (Micrurus mipartitus) is widely distributed in Colombia and its venom is highly neurotoxic and life threatening, envenomation by this species is rare. Therefore, this report may shed some light on the clinical presentation of M. mipartitus bites.Case presentationsHerein, we describe two cases of patients bitten by red-tailed coral snakes, illustrating the clinical presentation of the victims, the outcomes and treatment provided.ConclusionEnvenomation caused by M. mipartitus provokes predicable neurotoxicity, and its treatment should be based on respiratory support and use of specific antivenom.(AU)

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