Reference: Swanson DL, Vetter RS. Bites of brown recluse spiders and suspected necrotic arachnidism . N Engl J Med 2005;352:700-7.
Highlight: This review describes the epidemiology of Loxosceles spiders. It also provides a discussion of the frequency and types of misdiagnosis of acute arachnidism in areas where the Loxosceles spider does not reside.
Reference: Vetter RS. Arachnids submitted as suspected brown recluse spiders (Araneae: Sicariidae): Loxosceles spiders are virtually restricted to their known distributions but a re perceived to exist throughout the
Highlight: Richard Vetter is in the Department of Entomology at
Reference: Furbeee RB, Kao LW, Ibrahim D. Brown recluse spider envenomation. Clin Lab Med 2006;26: 211-26.
Highlight: This article has a summary discussion on the mechanism of the loxosceles venom. It also includes a table of the case reports of brown recluse spider envenomations. Interesting that 92% percent of these cases had no confirmation of a brown recluse spider.