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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574

Abstract

COETZEE, M; DIPPENAAR, A; FREAN, J  and  HUNT, R H. First report of clinical presentation of a bite by a running spider, Philodromus sp. (Araneae: Philodromidae), with recommendations for spider bite management. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2017, vol.107, n.7, pp.576-577. ISSN 2078-5135.  http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/samj.2017.v107i7.12422.

This article describes the clinical progression of symptoms over a period of 5 days of a bite inflicted by a Philodromus sp. spider. Commonly known as 'running spiders', these are not considered to be harmful to humans. This report, however, is the first description of an actual bite by a member of this group of spiders showing cytotoxic envenomation. Management of the bites should be as recommended for other cytotoxic spider bites.

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