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Table 3 Pattern of injuries noted in fatal bites

From: Fatal snake bites – sociodemography, latency pattern of injuries

Parameter Number (n = 60) Percentage
Site of bite   
Hands 18 30
Feet 27 45
Forearm 6 10
Leg 8 13.3
Trunk 1 1.7
Head & Neck Nil -
Pattern of injuries/ signs   
Scratches 12 20
Fang marks   
Solitary 6 10
One set 39 65
Multiple sets 9 15
Absent 6 10
Edema   
Grade I 23 38.3
Grade II 9 15
Grade III 9 15
Ecchymoses/ Darkening at the site of bite 30 50
Oozing at bite site 6 10
Toxic blisters 8 13.3
Cellulitis 8 13.3
Internal hemorrhage 17 28.3
Duration of survival   
< 1 hour 10 16.7
1-3 hour 12 20
3-6 hour 13 21.7
6-12 hour 12 20
12-24 hour 6 10
1-2 days 1 1.7
2-7 days 5 8.2
>7 days 1 1.7