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November 1926

ARACHNIDISMSPIDER POISONING

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LOS ANGELES

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1926;38(5):623-632. doi:10.1001/archinte.1926.00120290072008
Abstract

REPORT OF A TYPICAL CASE  One late summer evening, a young Mexican laborer, while sitting down in an infrequently used outdoor toilet in a suburb of Los Angeles, felt a sharp prick on the end of the glans penis. On looking down he saw a coarse web spun across the hole in the seat of the toilet, and a shiny black spider with a red spot on its belly scurrying to a corner of the web. After the first momentary stinging he felt no further pain in the penis, but about ten minutes later he began to feel a cramping, aching pain in the groins which rapidly spread over the abdomen, legs, back and chest, increasing in intensity for about an hour. He arrived at the Los Angeles General Hospital about six hours after the bite, writhing in agony, and complaining of nausea, vomiting, and of some difficulty in breathing.

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