Saturday, March 18, 2006

Creative Suicide Attempts: Intravenous Injection of Rattlesnake Venom

From The Southern Medical Journal - Volume 99(3) March 2006 p 282-284 Suicide Attempt by the Intravenous Injection of Rattlesnake Venom:
A 14-year-old male milked the venom from a rattlesnake and injected it with a syringe into his right antecubital vein in a suicide attempt. He immediately developed severe pain and vomiting, then hypotension, swollen lips and tongue, and coma. The injection site did not have the considerable tissue damage seen with severe rattlesnake envenomation. Critical hematological abnormalities, gastrointestinal bleeding, and hematuria developed over 24 hours. He received crotalidae polyvalent immune fab (ovine) antivenom and was discharged after 5 days without sequela. This patient's clinical findings were similar to those seen in patients bitten by rattlesnakes with rare intravenous envenomation.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Or the dialysis patient that committed suicide by pulling out the needle from her fistula that returned the blood from the dialysis machine back into the body, and sticking it into the seat cushion. The machine didn't alarm, because there was pressure maintained from the blood going into the cushion. (Sorry, I don't have a link; I read it on another Nephrology blog).