Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bitten by a Brown Recluse Evaluation

The evaluation of a brown recluse spider bite begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in those with a brown recluse spider bite may include:

  • Discoloration of the skin at the bite site
  • Skin ulcer formation at the bite site

The diagnosis of brown recluse bite is usually made without testing.

Tests that may be used to evaluate a brown recluse spider bite include:

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Last Updated: Dec 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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