Major upper limb amputation after Snake Bite Gangrene

Authors: Ajibade A1 FWACS, Donwa JO2 FWACS, Akinniyi OT1 MBBS, Tukur AM2 MBBS

Affi liation: 1-Department of Clinical Services, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dala, Kano, Nigeria 2-Department of Clinical

Services, Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kudu, Nigeria Corresponding author: Dr A. Ajibade, Department of Clinical Services,

National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dala, Kano, Nigeria E-mail:

 

Summary

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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