Antivenom Can’t Halt Neuro Damage

Feb 5, 2013
The Reptile Report
by Robyn

The Reptile Report - Treatment with antivenom does not reverse the neurological effects of death adder venom says a new study from the Australian Snakebite Project (ASP).

Including the West Australian Centre for Medical Research and UWA, researchers investigated the effects of envenomation by death adders (Acanthophis spp) and the efficacy of antivenom treatment to reverse effects.

Dr Geoff Isbister of the ASP says “post synaptic neurotoxins were thought to be the most important components of death adder venom, and that these could be reversed with antivenom treatment”.

More recently pre-synaptic neurotoxins have been isolated from death adders, which cause irreversible neurotoxicity.

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