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Tarantula Bite in Iran, a Letter to the Editor

Hossein Sanaei Zadeh



I read with great interest the case report titled “Periumbilical pain with radiation to both legs following tarantula bite; a case report” published in Emergency journal. Tarantula spiders are not medically important except for some very limited species, which do not exist in Iran. Solifugae -or rotails as they are called in Iran- are in fact another group of animals also called camel spiders (Figure 2). They are also venom-free and generally cause secondary infections in the site of their bites. Thus, it seems that the patient's signs and symptoms cannot be due to the rotail or tarantula bites.


Tarantula; bite; Iran



- Pouraghaei M, Shams Vahdati S, Mashhadi I, Mahmoudieh T. Periumbilical Pain with Radiation to Both Legs Following Tarantula Bite; a Case Report. Emergency. 2015;3(3):120-1

- de Haro L, Jouglard J. The dangers of pet tarantulas: experience of the Marseilles Poison Centre. Clin Toxicol. 1998;36(1-2):51-3.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22037/emergency.v4i4.10339


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