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Black widow spider (Latrodectus mactans) envenomation in a term pregnancy.
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PMID:  11024247     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Description of a black widow spider (Latrodectus mactans) envenomation in a term pregnancy.Case report conducted at an Air Force tertiary care hospital of a 27-year-old primigravida at 38 1/7 weeks pregnancy.Latrodectus mactans antivenin can be given to treat symptoms of black widow envenomation.Black widow envenomations can cause symptoms associated with acute intra-abdominal processes. In pregnancy, envenomations can result in symptoms and signs similar to those seen in preeclampsia (abdominal pain, headache, hypertension, and proteinuria). Latrodectism should be considered in patients complaining of these symptoms in association with a spider bite. If latrodectism is considered to be the underlying origin for these symptoms, appropriate treatment should be administered. In cases of pregnancy, treatment should include L. mactans antivenin if believed to be clinically indicated. There is no current evidence that this antivenin is contraindicated in pregnancy. (Curr Surg 57:346-348)
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Sherman; Groll; Gonzalez; Aerts
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current surgery     Volume:  57     ISSN:  0149-7944     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Surg     Publication Date:  2000 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-10-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7802123     Medline TA:  Curr Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  346-348     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, USA
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