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Black house spiders are unlikely culprits in necrotic arachnidism: a prospective study

Isbister, GK and Gray, MR (2004). Black house spiders are unlikely culprits in necrotic arachnidism: a prospective study. Internal Medicine Journal,34(5):287-289.

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Title Black house spiders are unlikely culprits in necrotic arachnidism: a prospective study
Author Isbister, GK
Gray, MR
Journal Name Internal Medicine Journal
Publication Date 2004
Volume Number 34
Issue Number 5
ISSN 1445-5994   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 287
End Page 289
Total Pages 3
Place of Publication Carlton
Publisher Blackwell Science
Field of Research 1103 - Clinical Sciences
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Twenty-five patients with definite bites by Badumna spp. spiders were recruited prospectively. Bites occurred across Australia, 92% from October to March, and most during daylight. Pain occurred in all cases, was severe in seven cases, with a median duration of 5 min. Other effects included: puncture marks (24%), swelling (12%) and erythema (68%). Minor systemic effects occurred in 4 bites. No patient had a necrotic ulcer (0%; 97.5% confidence interval 0-14%). Black house spiders (Badumna spp.) are unlikely to cause necrosis, contrary to reports of suspected bites. Patients can be reassured and do not require any further investigation or treatment.
Keywords arachnidism
Black house spiders
necrotic
spiders
study
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1444-0903.2004.00562.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
Additional Notes 3765 (Journal) DA - 20040520IS - 1444-0903 (Print)LA - engPT - Journal ArticleRN - 0 (Spider Venoms)SB - IM
 
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