Bilateral parotid enlargement following snake bite: a rare sign

Asian Pac J Trop Biomed. 2013 Feb;3(2):154-5. doi: 10.1016/S2221-1691(13)60041-6.


Snakebite is a common medical emergency in India. Unusual complications may occur after viper bite. Bilateral parotid enlargement after viper bite is a rare entity. An 18-year old gentleman presented to our hospital with history of viper bite. On examination he had cellulitis of right lower limb. He developed swelling of both the parotid glands 12 h after admission. He developed coagulopathy, acute renal failure and died within 48 h of hospital admission. Development of parotid swelling after snake bite is associated with poor prognosis. This case is found worth reporting as it is an unusual complication having prognostic value.

Keywords: Coagulopathy; Parotid swelling; Snakebite.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Kidney Injury / etiology*
  • Adolescent
  • Animals
  • Blood Coagulation Disorders / etiology*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • India
  • Male
  • Parotid Diseases / etiology*
  • Parotid Diseases / pathology
  • Parotid Gland / pathology*
  • Prognosis
  • Russell's Viper*
  • Snake Bites / complications*