Spider bites - Assessment and management

George Braitberg, Leslie Robert Segal

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Abstract

Spider bites, BACKGROUND: Spider bite is common, but most species cause minimal or no effects. Patients may be misinformed regarding the nature and consequences of a bite. Understanding the current literature can assist the physician in the management of spider bite patients. OBJECTIVE: This article reviews the current literature on spider bites and describes the clinical assessment and management of the medically important spider bites. DISCUSSION: Most spider bite is minor and causes nothing more than local irritation. Some spiders can cause significant morbidity and rarely, mortality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)862 - 867
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Family Physician
Volume38
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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