South African Journal of Surgery
On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361
CHACKO, A; ANDRONIKOU, S and RAMANJAM, V. Hypoxic brain injury and cortical blindness in a victim of a Mozambican spitting cobra bite. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2015, vol.53, n.2, pp.67-69. ISSN 2078-5151. http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/SAJSNEW.7851.
Snakebite and the subsequent envenomation is a serious and potentially fatal illness, owing to the effects of the various toxins present in the venom. Cortical blindness following bites containing neurotoxin is a rare complication. We describe the clinical findings and imaging in a child who sustained significant brain injury following a bite from a Mozambican spitting cobra. We also discuss the venom composition, complications and appropriate management of such cases.