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Spider bite: a current approach to management

Isbister, Geoffrey K. (2006). Spider bite: a current approach to management. Australian Prescriber,29(6):156-158.

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Title Spider bite: a current approach to management
Author Isbister, Geoffrey K.
Journal Name Australian Prescriber
Publication Date 2006
Volume Number 29
Issue Number 6
ISSN 0312-8008   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 156
End Page 158
Total Pages 3
Place of Publication Deakin, ACT, Australia
Publisher National Prescribing Service Ltd
HERDC Category C2 - Journal Article - Other contributions to refereed journal (internal)
Abstract Although spider bite is common, most spider bites cause minor effects and do not require treatment. More significant effects result from redback and, less commonly, from funnel-web spider bites. Redback spider envenoming causes local, radiating and regional pain, sometimes associated with local or regional diaphoresis, non-specific systemic features, and less commonly, other autonomic or neurological effects. Antivenom is recommended for severe or persistent pain and systemic effects. Funnel-web spider envenoming can rapidly cause life-threatening effects, but it can be treated effectively with antivenom. Envenoming is characterised by excessive autonomic activity, neuromuscular excitation and pulmonary oedema. Clinical effects attributed to suspected spider bites such as ulcers, should be thoroughly investigated for other causes including infectious, inflammatory, vascular and neoplastic conditions.
Keywords antivenom
envenoming
funnel-web
necrotic
arachnidism
redback
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