Loxoscelism

David L. Swanson, Richard S. Vetter

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Abstract

Loxoscelism (bites by spiders of the genus Loxosceles) is the only proven arachnological cause of dermonecrosis. Although Loxosceles spiders can be found worldwide, their distribution is heavily concentrated in the Western Hemisphere, particularly the tropical urban regions of South America. Although Loxosceles bites are usually mild, they may ulcerate or cause more severe, systemic reactions. These injuries mostly are due to sphingomyelinase D in the spider venom. There is no proven effective therapy for Loxosceles bites, although many therapies are reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-221
Number of pages9
JournalClinics in Dermatology
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2006

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Bites and Stings
Spider Bites
Spider Venoms
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South America
Wounds and Injuries
Therapeutics
sphingomyelin phosphodiesterase D

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Swanson, D. L., & Vetter, R. S. (2006). Loxoscelism. Clinics in Dermatology, 24(3), 213-221. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clindermatol.2005.11.006

Loxoscelism. / Swanson, David L.; Vetter, Richard S.

In: Clinics in Dermatology, Vol. 24, No. 3, 05.2006, p. 213-221.

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Swanson, DL & Vetter, RS 2006, 'Loxoscelism', Clinics in Dermatology, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 213-221. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clindermatol.2005.11.006
Swanson, David L. ; Vetter, Richard S. / Loxoscelism. In: Clinics in Dermatology. 2006 ; Vol. 24, No. 3. pp. 213-221.
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