Monday, July 30, 2012

Q: 24 year old hiker is brought to ER after snakebite. Patient is reporting severe symptom of mint taste in his mouth. which snake is a likely culprit?

Answer: Rattlesnake

Victims complain of a "rubbery," "minty," or "metallic" taste if bitten by certain species of rattlesnake, after 30 to 90 minutes of attack.

Clinical significance: Rattlesnake bites can be poisonous and need rapid treatment i.e. administration of antivenin.

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