GEORGE W. ALLEN
The clinical syndrome following Black Widow Spider bite is well recognized and consists chiefly of rather insignificant pain in the area of the bite, followed in a variable but usually short interval by severe systemic manifestations, characterized chiefly by pain and muscle spasm. The most commonly affected muscles are those of the abdomen and back. The venom is said to be a toxalbumin,1 with its most damaging action on the nerve endings. Recovery is not accompanied by any known permanent neurologic damage.
In the following case it was felt that the origin of the patient's extreme pain was in the
ALLEN GW. BLACK WIDOW SPIDER (LATRODECTUS MACTANS) POISONING TREATED WITH D-TUBOCURARINE CHLORIDE12. Ann Intern Med. ;39:624–625. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-39-3-624
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1953;39(3):624-625.
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