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Tetanus

Cottle, L E, Beeching, Nicholas ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7019-8791 and Parry, Christopher (2017) Tetanus. , BMJ Publishing Group.

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Abstract

Life-threatening neurological syndrome characterised by tonic muscle spasms and hyperreflexia.
Caused by the exotoxin of Clostridium tetani .
Prevention includes appropriate management of tetanus-prone wounds and complete active immunisation, with passive immunisation administered when required.
Diagnosis is based on clinical findings that include trismus, muscle rigidity, spasms, respiratory embarrassment, dysphagia, or autonomic dysfunction.
Management of clinical tetanus includes supportive care, wound debridement, antimicrobials, passive and active immunisation, control of muscle spasms, and management of autonomic dysfunction.

Definition
Tetanus is a life-threatening neurological syndrome characterised by tonic muscle spasms and hyperreflexia, caused by the exotoxin of Clostridium tetani , a gram-positive spore-forming obligate anaerobe.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 4 Works on general hygiene
WC Communicable Diseases > Infection. Bacterial Infections > Other Bacterial Infections. Zoonotic Bacterial Infections > WC 370 Tetanus. Trismus
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 15:47
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2018 12:35
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/8588

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