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Black Widow Spider Bite (cont.)

Outlook

Complications in healthy adults are uncommon. If the black widow spider bite is not treated with antivenin, symptoms may last for several days but are seldom life threatening.

Medically reviewed by Rambod Rouhbakhsh, MD, MBA, FAAFP; American Board of Family Medicine

Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

Previous contributing authors and editors:

Author: Martin J Boyd, MD, Consulting Staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, Memorial Medical Center.


Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM, Program Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/20/2014

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