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I'm afraid i may have tetanus, are there any medical blood test that can verify the infection?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No tetanus test: If you asking, you probably do not have tetanus. It is a clinical diagnosis, no lab tests are diagnostic. A common finding is lockjaw, and muscle spasms.
Dr. Kenneth Stoller
Dr. Kenneth Stolleranswered
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: What is the difference of being afraid of having a potentially fatal disease and getting checked out and treated?
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
No blood test: The diagnosis of tetanus is clinical . Based on history , symptoms and exam. The only way to be sure is to consult with a doctor.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
You don't: Tetanus is obvious clinically. You will know that something is terribly wrong. It is not at all subtle. If you've maintained your immunizations, it's unlikely. And nowadays, it's survivable.

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