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Tetanus: Introduction

Tetanus: Tetanus (sometimes called lockjaw) is caused by the toxin (poison) of a bacterium. The bacteria can enter the body through a tiny ... more about Tetanus.

Tetanus: A disease caused by chemicals which are produced by a bacterium (clostridium tetani) and are toxic to the nerves. The infection usually occurs when the bacteria enter the body through a deep wound - these bacteria are anaerobic and hence don't need oxygen to survive. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Tetanus is available below.

Symptoms of Tetanus

Treatments for Tetanus

Home Diagnostic Testing

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Tetanus?

Tetanus: Related Patient Stories

Tetanus: Deaths

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Alternative Treatments for Tetanus

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed in various sources as possibly beneficial for Tetanus may include:

  • Ledum homeopathic prevention
  • Hypericum homeopathic prevention and treatment
  • Mag phos homeopathic prevention
  • Aconite homeopathic remedy
  • more treatments »

Types of Tetanus

  • Generalized tetatus - severe form affecting the body's muscles.
  • Localized tetanus - milder form affecting only a local muscle group.
  • Cephalic tetanus - rare form caught from head injury or ear infection.
  • Neonatal tetanus
  • Physiological tetanus - generalized muscle spasms
  • more types...»

Tetanus: Complications

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Causes of Tetanus

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Disease Topics Related To Tetanus

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Tetanus: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Tetanus

Mild worm infections undiagnosed in children: Human worm infestations, esp. threadworm, can be overlooked in some cases, because it may cause only mild or even absent symptoms. Although the most common symptoms are more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria, but can also kill the "good" more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail to be diagnosed with more »

Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood more »

Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients. These patients are not the typical migraine sufferers, more »

Tetanus: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Tetanus

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Tetanus: Animations

Prognosis for Tetanus

Prognosis for Tetanus: Localized tetanus can be mild or progress to generalized tetanus which is dangerous and can be fatal.

Research about Tetanus

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Clinical Trials for Tetanus

The US based website lists information on both federally and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.

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Prevention of Tetanus

Prevention information for Tetanus has been compiled from various data sources and may be inaccurate or incomplete. None of these methods guarantee prevention of Tetanus.

Statistics for Tetanus

Tetanus: Broader Related Topics

Tetanus Message Boards

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Article Excerpts about Tetanus

Tetanus (sometimes called lockjaw) is caused by the toxin (poison) of a bacterium. The bacteria can enter the body through a tiny pinprick or scratch but prefer deep puncture wounds or cuts like those made by nails or knives. Tetanus bacteria commonly are found in soil, dust, and manure. (Source: excerpt from Shots for Safety -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Definitions of Tetanus:

The cause of TETANUS in humans and domestic animals. It is a common inhabitant of human and horse intestines as well as soil. Two components make up its potent exotoxin activity, a neurotoxin and a hemolytic toxin. - (Source - Diseases Database)

An acute and serious infection of the central nervous system caused by bacterial infection of open wounds; spasms of the jaw and laryngeal muscles may occur during the late stages - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Tetanus as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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