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Spiders: Special Circumstances

Pregnancy

The pain and severe muscle cramping associated with black widow spider bites in the pregnant patient can be quite concerning. Not much is known about black widow bites in pregnancy and there are few reports regarding the effects of envenomation in this situation. However, there are some theoretical effects of envenomation which can be dangerous to the fetus. These include hypertension, shock, and convulsions. There are insufficient data to determine if spontaneous abortion or preterm labor is caused by black widow spider envenomation during pregnancy. Nonetheless, pregnancy has been suggested as a possible indication for Latrodectus antivenom administration.64-66

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