Anesthetic Implications of Tetanus

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Abstract

ABSTRACT:

The patient described had generalized tetanus and required anesthetic care during debridement of a lower extremity wound. Despite widespread vaccination, which limits the incidence of the disease in the United States, tetanus remains a major health problem in developing countries. The pathophysiology of tetanus, its clinical manifestations, and current treatment options are discussed, and the anesthetic implications of the disease are reviewed.

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