A 21-year-old member asked:
I'm afraid i may have tetanus, are there any medical blood test that can verify the infection?
4 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Pathology 50 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.
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Dr. Kenneth Stolleranswered
Preventive Medicine 36 years experience
Yes: What is the difference of being afraid of having a potentially fatal disease and getting checked out and treated?
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Phlebology 30 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.
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Pathology 45 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.
3.4k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Dec 12, 2014
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