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Major upper limb amputation after Snake Bite Gangrene

A Ajibade, JO Donwa, OT Akinniyi, AM Tukur

Abstract


Major lower limb amputations following snake bite gangrene have been reported from the savannah belt of Nigeria. In bites delivered to the upper
limb, amputations are often of the digits (minor amputations). We report the case of a male farmer who had an above elbow amputation after a snake bite to the hand. Explanation for the amputation is proposed and need for prevention highlighted.



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