[Tetanus can still be found in Denmark]. Tetanus ses stadig i Danmark

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Tetanus (lockjaw) is caused by toxins produced by Clostridium tetani, usually transmitted through contaminated wounds. We describe a case of tetanus in an unvaccinated, previously healthy 78-year-old woman. Twelve days after minor trauma to the right palm, initially treated with tetanus vaccination without immunoglobulins, she developed hoarseness, dyspnoea and difficulties swallowing and opening her mouth. She got severe, painful muscle cramps of especially the truncal muscles requiring large doses of sedatives and complicating respiratory insufficiency. She was treated in intensive care for 33 days, but recovered completely.
TidsskriftUgeskrift for Laeger
StatusUdgivet - 1. dec. 2014