Redback spider antivenom used to treat envenomation by a juvenile Steatoda spider

  title={Redback spider antivenom used to treat envenomation by a juvenile Steatoda spider},
  author={M. South and P. Wirth and K. Winkel},
  journal={Medical Journal of Australia},
To the Editor: Redback spider (Latrodectus hasseltz) envenomation is well documented, but little is known about the equally common and closely related genus Steatoda. 1,2 Here, we report a latrodectismlike syndrome caused by the bite of a juvenile brown house spider (Stetoda sp.) which was treated with redback spider antivenom (CSL Ltd, Melbourne, Vic.). A previously healthy two-and-a-halfyear-old child was bitten on the chin while playing outside with his mother in March 1998. The spider was… Expand
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