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Symptom in search of a toxin: muscle spasms following bites by Old World tarantula spiders (Lampropelma nigerrimum, Pterinochilus murinus, Poecilotheria regalis) with review.

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BACKGROUND: Tarantula spiders are widely kept and bred in captivity by both adults and children. Their bites are generally considered harmless. AIM: To explore the effects of envenoming by Old World tarantulas. DESIGN AND METHODS: Clinical studies and review of conventional literature and hobbyist web sites. RESULTS: Two men bitten on their index fingers by pet Old World tarantula spiders, Lampropelma nigerrimum (Ornithoctoninae) and Pterinochilus murinus (Harpactirinae) in England, develope...

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10.1093/qjmed/hcp128

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Pinkham, M More by this author
Warrell, DA More by this author
Journal:
QJM : monthly journal of the Association of Physicians
Volume:
102
Issue:
12
Pages:
851-857
Publication date:
2009-12-05
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EISSN:
1460-2393
ISSN:
1460-2725
URN:
uuid:4c36580b-5f84-4fa1-926b-295f6a3eb26d
Source identifiers:
61060
Local pid:
pubs:61060

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