generalized tetanus

gen·er·al·ized tet·a·nus

the most common type of tetanus, often with trismus as its initial manifestation; the muscles of the head, neck, trunk, and limbs become persistently contracted, and then painful paroxysmal tonic contractions (tetanic seizures) are superimposed; the high mortality rate (50%) is due to asphyxia or cardiac failure.
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gen·er·al·ized tet·a·nus

(jenĕr-ăl-īzd tetă-nŭs)
Most common type of tetanus, often with trismus as its initial manifestation; muscles of head, neck, trunk, and limbs become persistently contracted.
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Davis explains that tetanus can take four forms: (1) generalized tetanus that affects all skeletal muscles, (2) local tetanus with muscle spasms near the wound site, (3) cephalic tetanus affecting face muscles after a head injury or ear infection, and (4) neonatal tetanus, a generalized tetanus that affects babies under one month.
The present report describes a clinical case of generalized tetanus in a non-descript male dog with its successful treatment.
The present case describes a clear cut case of generalized tetanus. Clinical signs were observed within 72 hours.
Midazolam, propofol and clonidine for sedation and control of autonomic dysfunction in severe generalized tetanus. Minerva Anesthesiol 1993; 59:171178.
Most patients (16/25) came to the hospital with severe generalized tetanus. Injection site infections were common (17/19).
The child had generalized tetanus that required mechanical ventilation; he recovered after a 24-day hospitalization.
Of these 16 patients, nine had generalized tetanus, four had localized tetanus, and one had cephalic tetanus.
This report describes severe, generalized tetanus in a 29-year-old man who had received a primary series as a child and two booster injections.

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