What is it about?

This study is about epidemiological and clinical features of Hump-nosed pit viper (Genus: Hypnale) bites in children

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Why is it important?

Virtually all studies on hump-nosed pit viper (HNPV) bites are focused on adults and there are only 2 studies regarding hump-nosed pit viper bites on children. Therefore, the understanding of epidemiological and clinical profile of HNPV bites in children is lacking and poorly characterized. This study fulfilled this knowledge gap. On the other hand, HNPV bites cause severe morbidities such as kidney injury, venom induced consumption coagulopathy and cardiac effects. But, no antivenoms for their bites are available. Therefore, it is very important to understand the clinical profile when producing an antivenom for HNPV bites.


This is for the understanding of HNPV bites in pediatric age group.

Dr. R.M.M.K.Namal Rathnayaka
Faculty of Medicine, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka

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This page is a summary of: Epidemiological and clinical features of hump-nosed pit viper (Hypnale hypnale and Hypnale zara) envenoming in children, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, December 2022, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0011013.
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