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JAAPA. 2014 May;27(5):32-4. doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000443967.31234.87.

Brown recluse spider bite on the breast.

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Kori Norris practices at Family Medicine Centers in Amarillo, Tex. Subhasis Misra is an associate professor in the Department of Surgery and chief of gastrointestinal/hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.


Brown recluse spiders are one of two types of spiders in the United States that can cause significant tissue damage and, in rare cases, death. Brown recluse spider bites are most often benign and self-limiting, but in a few cases can cause severe necrotic skin lesions.

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