Adder bites are rare events, but they can be fatal. Three adder types are live in Romania - Vipera ammodytes, Vipera ursini and Vipera berus. Most adder bites happen during the summer with a peak incidence between July and August.

Here we present the case of a 56 years old male patient who was bitten by an adder. The clinical presentation was severe from the beginning with a GCS of 3 points, respiratory and cardiovascular failure; despite of adequate treatment the patient developed multiorgan dysfunction and died 36 hours after the ICU admission.

The aim of this report is to raise awareness that snake bites can have a life-threatening course and need immediate attention and medical care.


Vipera berus, envenomation, antivenom