Clinical-epidemiologic aspects of ophidian accidents occurred in Triângulo Mineiro region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil: retrospective case series

Authors

  • Débora Cristina de Oliveira Nunes Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
  • Priscila Silva Franco Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
  • Veridiana de Melo Rodrigues Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
  • Mirian Machado Mendes Universidade Federal de Goiás

Keywords:

Epidemiology, Ophidian accidents, Snakebite, Triângulo Mineiro

Abstract

: Ophidian accidents constitute a serious problem of public health in the tropical countries. In Central and South America, most of the accidents are caused by Bothrops (90.5%), followed by the Crotalus (7.7%), Lachesis (1.4%) and Micrurus (0.4%) genus. The aim of this work was to evaluate clinical-epidemiological aspects of ophidian accidents reported and treated at the Clinical Hospital at Federal University of Uberlândia, in the central region of Brazil. In this study, 641 medical records from January 1999 to December 2013 were analyzed. The results showed that the accidents were more common in the afternoon, from October to April. The major bite occurrence frequency was attributed to the Bothrops (54.76%), followed by Crotalus (30.58%) and Micrurus (1.40%) snakes. Most of the victims were males (80.34%). The main anatomical regions bitten were the lower and upper limbs, 65.67% and 30.58%, respectively. Approximately 80% of the victims were treated in the first 6 hours after the accident.

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Published

2014-11-11

How to Cite

NUNES, D.C. de O., FRANCO, P.S., RODRIGUES, V. de M. and MENDES, M.M., 2014. Clinical-epidemiologic aspects of ophidian accidents occurred in Triângulo Mineiro region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil: retrospective case series . Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 1942–1951. [Accessed4 December 2022]. Available from: https://seer.ufu.br/index.php/biosciencejournal/article/view/22442.

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Health Sciences