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Mo Med. 2009 Nov-Dec;106(6):425-7, 431.

Systemic loxoscelism confirmation by bite-site skin surface: ELISA.

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Division of Dermatology, University of Missouri School of Medicine, MO, USA. wvs@mst.edu

Abstract

We report here a case of systemic loxoscelism, confirmed by bite-site skin surface swab. Features of systemic loxoscelism present in this case included debilitating symptoms, a classic local bite-site reaction, hemolysis causing loss of approximately 15% of the blood volume within 72 hours, and a symptomatic exanthem. A skin surface ELISA test was used to confirm the presence of venom. This test enables confirmation of cases of loxoscelism for which no spider is found.

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