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About Robert G. Hendrickson, MD

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
Director, Emergency Medicine Toxicology Fellowship, Oregon Poison Center
Associate Medical Director, Oregon Poison Center
9 04, 2018

ACMT Toxicology Visual Pearls: Spider Bite


A patient presents to the ED for management of a spider bite. Which of the following statements is correct regarding a bite from the spider pictured?

  1. Laboratory studies can be helpful in management and predicting outcome.
  2. Antibiotics are recommended.
  3. The venom is cytotoxic and can cause red blood cell hemolysis.
  4. The venom is more potent on a volume-per-volume basis than the venom of a pit viper.