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Related to local tetanus: tetanus toxin
the most benign type of tetanus; the muscles in close proximity to an infected wound develop persistent involuntary contractions, often with transient, intense superimposed spasms triggered by various stimuli. The more distal upper extremity muscles are most often affected; gradual but complete recovery is typical.
Tetanus marked by spasticity of a group of muscles near the wound. Trismus, tonic contraction of jaw muscles, is usually absent.
See also: tetanus