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Type: Journal article
Title: Clinical consequences of spider bites: recent advances in our understanding
Author: Isbister, G.
White, J.
Citation: Toxicon, 2004; 43(5):477-492
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0041-0101
Abstract: Spider bite continues to be a controversial subject worldwide and attribution of clinical effects to different spiders is problematic because of poor case definition and paucity of clinical evidence. The effects of medically important spiders are sometimes underestimated and simultaneously there is misattribution of effects to harmless spider groups. The majority of suspected spider bites present as skin lesions or necrotic ulcers where the history of a spider bite must be confirmed. To be a definite spider bite, the patient must immediately observe the spider and there be evidence of the bite, such as pain. Important groups of spiders worldwide include the widow spiders (latrodectism), recluse spiders (loxoscelism) and some mygalomorph spiders including the Australian Funnel web spider. Most spiders only cause minor effects, including a large number of groups that have been implicated in necrotic arachnidism.
Keywords: Animals
Spider Venoms
Risk Factors
Species Specificity
Spider Bites
DOI: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2004.02.002
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