Disease Information for Tetanus: Definition

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  • A disease caused by tetanospasmin, a powerful protein toxin produced by CLOSTRIDIUM TETANI; Tetanus usually occurs after an acute injury, such as a puncture wound or laceration; Generalized tetanus, the most common form, is characterized by tetanic muscular contractions and hyperreflexia; Localized tetanus presents itself as a mild condition with manifestations restricted to muscles near the wound; It may progress to the generalized form

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