Am J Emerg Med 2018 Jun 6;36(6):998-1002. Epub 2017 Nov 6.
Denver Health and Hospital Authority, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, Denver, CO, USA; Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine at Anschutz Medical Center, Aurora, CO, USA.
Background: Black widow species (Latrodectus species) envenomation can produce a syndrome characterized by painful muscle rigidity and autonomic disturbances. Symptoms tend to be more severe in young children and adults. We describe black widow spider exposures and treatment in the pediatric age group, and investigate reasons for not using antivenom in severe cases. Read More