Snake Bite Poisoning is the mainstay of this sqadia.com Forensic Medicine online lecture. Starting from differentiating poisonous snakes and non-poisonous snakes, forensic Toxicology education also explains the snake venom characteristics and chemical composition. The types of snake venom and their effects on human beings is discussed in this V-Learning™. Forensic Toxicology and Pharmacology are discussed finally.
Lecture Duration – 00:44:36
Release Date – January 2020
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Snake bite is not always poisonous or harmful. Most of the time people get bitten by the nonpoisonous species. It is the psychological reaction or fear which leads them to the state of Shock. Forensic Toxicology education provides a comprehensive explanation of how to differentiate between poisonous snakes and non-poisonous snakes.
Poisonous snakes have the compressed tail and the fangs are long and canalized like a hypodermic needle. On the contrary, the tail of the non-poisonous snakes is not markedly compressed, and fangs are short and solid.
Snake venom characteristics and chemical composition are also discussed in this lecture which are important to know for the treatment purpose. The components of snake venom are thromboplastins, agglutinins, hyaluronidase, fibrinolysins, proteolysins and several others discussed in this Forensic Medicine online lecture. These components are present in all snakes whether they are neurotoxin or cytotoxic venom snakes.
Forensic Toxicology presents snakes classification which is grouped on the basis of poisons secreted. Their three main classes are elapids, viper, and sea snakes. Elapids secrete neurotoxic venom and the snakes which come under this category are cobra, king cobra, and krait and coral. The class viper secrets vasculotoxic venom and include pit vipers and pitless vipers. Likewise, myotoxic venom is secreted by sea snakes.
The discussion continues on the effects of venom on human beings. The neurotoxic venom causes muscular weakness of legs, paralysis of facial Muscles and respiration. Besides this, the effects of vasculotoxic venom are Coagulation disorders, Red Blood Cells lyses, Haemorrhage from all external orifices of the body. Information about snake venom peptide is delivered while explaining the effects of myotoxic venom.
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