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Anaphylactoid reaction to facial adder bite
  1. Tom Forbes1,
  2. Roddy O'Donnell2
  1. 1PICU, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2Department of Paediatrics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Roddy O’Donnell, Department of Paediatrics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB20QQ, UK; drod{at}

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A previously well 3-year-old boy was playing outside. His father found him holding aloft a snake recognisable as an adder, which was coiling around both forearms. He said “look” and the snake struck and bit him twice on the face (figure 1). The snake was thrown to the ground, but the boy did not express pain or distress. He was rushed …

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