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Clinical Practice  |   April 2001
Black widow bites in children
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Emergency Medicine / Pediatrics
Clinical Practice   |   April 2001
Black widow bites in children
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2001, Vol. 101, 229-231. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2001.101.4.229
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2001, Vol. 101, 229-231. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2001.101.4.229
Abstract

While seldom lethal, the bite of the black widow spider causes serious systemic symptoms that appear suddenly and progress rapidly. Children are more vulnerable to these complications; therefore, early hospitalization and aggressive therapy must be considered. General information about the widow spider genus is presented, and an illustrative case and treatment options are discussed.