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Bitten by a Snake Evaluation

The evaluation of a snakebite begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with a snakebite include:

Physical findings in someone with severe reaction to the venom from a snakebite include:

Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of a snakebite.

Tests that may be used to evaluate a snakebite include:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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