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.
- 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.