Tetanus of the Child after Extraction of Tunga penetrans in Brazzaville: One Case

E. Moyen, J. Kambourou, A. R. Okoko, G. Ekouya-Bowassa, C. Mboutol Mandavo, V. Bomelefa-Bomel, L. Lamah, N. S. Pandzou, G. Moyen, J. L. Nkoua
2017 Open Journal of Pediatrics  
Tetanus has become rare even exceptional in the West. On the contrary, it is common in developing countries such as Congo because of low immunization coverage. Its diagnosis, which is essentially clinical, is easy but necessitates a fine semeiological analysis under certain circumstances. We are reporting here a case of tetanus involving an 8-year-old unvaccinated, indigenous aboriginal boy that was caused by the extraction of a Tunga penetrans. The symptomatology of abdominal contractures led
more » ... l contractures led to an exploratory laparotomy. The evolution was favorable. We are reporting a case of tetanus occurring in an eight-year-old child from an indigenous population whose symptoms of abdominal contractures led to an exploratory laparotomy.
doi:10.4236/ojped.2017.74034 fatcat:gnlarsesrbdbhehrt26sfhxhxi