Noxious spider bites

Batya B. Davidovici*, Ronni Wolf

*Corresponding author for this work

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There are more than 30,000 species of spiders, most of which are venomous but unable to inflict serious bites; most spiders only cause minor effects. The effects of medically important spiders are sometimes underestimated; conversely, there is a misattribution of signs and symptoms to alleged spider bites. Diagnosis is rarely based on the identification of the spider; immunoassays detecting the spiders' venom are not available. Brown spiders (Loxesceles spp.) and widow spiders (Latrodectus spp.) may inflict life-threatening complications. Prompt recognition with subsequent appropriate treatment might prevent severe reactions and improve the prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife-Threatening Dermatoses and Emergencies in Dermatology
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783540793380
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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