European Journal of Plastic Surgery

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 40–42

Load cycling closure of fasciotomies following puff adder bite

Authors

  • A. D. Widgerow
    • Department of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryUniversity of the Witwatersrand
  • M. Ritz
    • Department of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryUniversity of the Witwatersrand
  • C. Song
    • Department of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryUniversity of the Witwatersrand
Case Reports

DOI: 10.1007/BF00176504

Cite this article as:
Widgerow, A.D., Ritz, M. & Song, C. Eur J Plast Surg (1994) 17: 40. doi:10.1007/BF00176504

Summary

A puff adder snake bite of the index finger was rapidly followed by severe swelling of the limb, necessitating multiple decompression fasciotomies. The fasciotomies were followed by a profuse outpouring of blood and plasma, resulting in tremendous metabolic upset. Skin graft closure of the fasciotomies would have placed further metabolic demands on the patient. An alternative method of closure utilizing load cycling was used in this patient.

Key words

Puff adderLoad cyclingFasciotomy

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