J Korean Soc Clin Toxicol.  2014 Dec;12(2):85-87. 10.0000/jksct.2014.12.2.85.

A Case Report of Spider Bite by Tarantula

  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Inha University, Incheon, Korea. emjin23@naver.com


A total of 631 species of spiders have been reported in Korea. However, there are no spiders with noxious venom such as Latrodectus sp. Because of this, to date, no serious medical problems due to spider bites have been reported in Korea, and only two cases of spider bite were officially reported. However, as the number of earning spiders from other countries is increased, the number of cases of spider bite has also shown a recent increase. A 17-year-old man presented with numbness of both extremities after being bitten by a spider which he had as a pet. The spider is called an Indian ornamental tree spider (Poecilotheria regalis sp.), one kind of tarantula species. Herein, we report on a case of a spider bite by a tarantula.


Spider venoms; Spider bites; Spider
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