Spider (Latrodectus Hesperus) Poisoning Through the Conjunctiva

A Case Report

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  • Emergency Department, EMA, Memorial Hospital, Department of International Health, University of California, Ceres, California 95307

Spider poisoning is usually a result of the direct bite, envenomation through the chelicera, of the spider. Reported is an unusual case in which poisoning occurred through the conjunctiva when a fragment from a smashed black widow spider (Latrodectus hesperus) flew into a patient's eye. In addition to an immediate local reaction involving the periorbital tissues, the patient experienced systemic effects.