Loxosceles arizonica bite associated with shock

T. A. Bey, F. G. Walter, W. Lober, J. Schmidt, R. Spark, P. M. Schlievert

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Envenomation by the brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa) is associated with shock, significant hemolysis, renal insufficiency, and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). Shock has never been associated with envenomation by L arizonica, a related species indigenous to Arizona, southern California, and northwestern Mexico. We report the case of a 13- year girl, bitten by a specimen of L arizonica (the spider was identified by an entomologist), in whom shock and a typical cutaneous lesion developed. She did not experience renal insufficiency or disseminated intravascular coagulation. Infectious causes of shock were excluded. She recovered completely with supportive care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-703
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of emergency medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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