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Is lockjaw always fatal

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Dr. Willam Lau
9 years experience Infectious Disease
NO: Most patients with lockjaw die from complications not directly from the infection.

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Tetanus: In the past, the painful hypercontraction of all muscles made breathing impossible. The tetanus bacillus, unlike most bacteria, grows best in dead ti ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Quon
41 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Good Clinical Exam: A thorough evaluation including a history of the symptoms, clinical examination, and any additional diagnostic tests are needed. Depending on the cli ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Shnayder
14 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Not opening.: You may experience different symptoms, however, usually lockjaw leads to feeling a lot of discomfort and pain in either one or both joints as well as ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Hargan
22 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
TMJ disk abnormal: Anterior disk displacement without reduction possibly. Need to see oral maxillofacial surgeon or subspecialists in tmd / facial pain.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Armen Hartoonian
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Clicking in TMJ : If you damage your jaw in an accident, increase grinding due to stress, bad habit of opening mouth in size too much that causes dislocation of disc in ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
TMD\TMJ?: It sounds like it might be a tmjoint problem. Have your general dentist refer you (or research it on your own) to a dentist in your area with extensi ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
49 years experience Dentistry
See below: A 'locking' jaw is usually caused by the disc in the jaw joint becoming malpositioned. This can be caused by clenching or bruxism (grinding the teeth ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Indirectly: Continual stress can cause long term clenching and grinding habits, that can over time cause muscle spasms, along with inflammation and damage to your ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
34 years experience Dentistry
Depends: Treatment would depend on whether or not your jaw is locked open or closed. Also, treatment would depend on whether or not the locking is due to muscu ... Read More
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