A case of tetanus secondary to an odontogenic infection

Majid Darraj, James Stone, Yoav Keynan, Kristjan Thompson, Carolyn Snider
2016 CJEM: Canadian Journal of Emergency Medical Care  
Tetanus is a life-threatening clinical syndrome that commonly presents with muscular spasms, rigidity, and autonomic instability. It is considered rare in industrialized countries, and tetanus occurring secondary to dental abscesses, procedures, or infections has been infrequently reported. We describe the case of a patient inadequately immunized for tetanus, who presented to the emergency department with muscular spasms, rigidity, and autonomic instability in the setting of an odontogenic
more » ... tion. A clinical diagnosis of tetanus was made and subsequently managed successfully.
doi:10.1017/cem.2016.390 pmid:27927258 fatcat:bnqj5qbopfbi7eoo2xy64wil6i