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N Z Med J. 2012 Oct 26;125(1364):107-10.

Tarantula hair keratitis.

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  • 1Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Eaton Road, Liverpool L12 2AP, United Kingdom. simranmangat36@hotmail.com


We describe a 12-year-old boy in England with keratitis secondary to tarantula hairs embedded within the stroma of his cornea. Every attempt must be made to isolate these hairs at the first visit as they have a barbed nature and have a propensity to propagate through ocular tissues. A chronic keratitis requiring long-term steroid use may result if hairs persist in the cornea. Children who keep tarantulas as pets should be instructed on safe handling to prevent the tarantula from adopting defence mechanisms and shedding their hairs.

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