Black Widow Spider Bite: “Can’tWe Just Get a Divorce?”

  • Annaliese G. SeidelEmail author
  • Colin G. Kaide


Black widow spiders are found across the United States and worldwide. Building webs in uninhabited dark places such as barns, garages, fences, and woodpiles, these spiders only bite when unexpectedly disturbed. Black widow spider bites cause local pain with minimal swelling, and may present with greater systemic severity, including autonomic dysfunction and abdominal rigidity. The prognosis is good, and mortality is rare. Treatment is generally supportive and focuses on pain control, but the clinical presentation warrants ruling out other concerning diagnoses.


Black widow Spider Bite Envenomation Alpha-latrotoxin Latrodectus Latrodectism 


Disclosure Statement

Annaliese Seidel: Nothing to disclose

Colin Kaide: Callibra, Inc-Discharge 123 Medical Software Company. Medical Advisory Board Portola Pharmaceuticals. I have no relationship with a commercial company that has a direct financial interest in subject matter or materials discussed in article or with a company making a competing product.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Emergency Medicine, Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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