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Is lockjaw always fatal?

Is lockjaw always fatal?

NO: Most patients with lockjaw die from complications not directly from the infection.

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Dr. Randall Stastny
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Lockjaw (Definition)

Https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Lockjaw Variety of causes, all serious. See a TMJ expert for guidance. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your ...Read more


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How can you die from lockjaw?

How can you die from lockjaw?

Tetanus: In the past, the painful hypercontraction of all muscles made breathing impossible. The tetanus bacillus, unlike most bacteria, grows best in dead tissue and used its toxin to kill its victims. Today, it is easy enough to paralyze the sufferer and put them on a ventilator until the disease passes. You still do not want to get tetanus.

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What are the tests for lockjaw?

Tetanus or TMJ?: The diagnosis is made by history and physical examination. No specific lab test is available to diagnose tetanus. For TMJ lockjaw history past and present, physical examination, review of systems, neurologic exam, musculoskeletal exam and imaging.

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What are the symptoms of lockjaw?

What are the symptoms of lockjaw?

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 not being able to open / close. This is usually a chronic condition related to your joint anatomy.

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What are common causes of lockjaw?

What are common causes of lockjaw?

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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How to tell if I am developing lockjaw?

"Stuck" or "Lock": The major sign is jaw that is locked in position or difficult to open. TMJ dysfunction is a group of conditions that can cause joint lock and visit to your dentist is warranted.

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How to know if I have lockjaw or whatever it is?

How to know if I have lockjaw or whatever it is?

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 extensive training and experience treating patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction for an evaluation.

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How to treat lockjaw?

See OFP specialist: Orofacial Pain provides diagnosis and management of pain in the face, TMJ disorders, locking jaw as well as, associated headaches and neck pain. They are the experts in this field. Good luck.

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Stress can cause lockjaw?

Stress can cause lockjaw?

Yes: Stress can cause you to overuse your jaw muscles which can then cramp and cause a tightness or stiffness of your jaw.

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How does one treat TMJ lockjaw?

How does one treat TMJ lockjaw?

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 muscular issues or problems inside the joint itself.

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Is lockjaw a symptom of tetanus?

Yes: Tetanus is a serious, preventable, bacterial disease. Major symptoms include severe painful muscle spasm and stiffness of the neck and jaw. This is where the term "lockjaw" comes from. Patients also suffer from fever, chills, sweats, and trouble breathing. There is no cure, so prevention is key. Adults should receive tetanus vaccine every 5-10 years.

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Why is lockjaw common in babies?

Why is lockjaw common in babies?

Cultural practices: In the third world many are unimmunized for their lifetime and moms don't pass any transient resistance to tetanus germs on to their newborns. Unsanitary cutting tools & or the practice of putting cow dung on the cord stump to speed separation are practices that lead to neonatal tetanus. In industrialized societies, a mom that avoids the recomended tetanus booster may leave baby vulnerable.

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How can doctors relieve lockjaw?

Tetanus: Toxin produced by clostridium tetani causes a spastic paralysis of muscles resulting in what is known as "lockjaw", among other involved areas of the body. Treatment is use of tetanus antitoxin to remove active toxin from the bloodstream, and support of the patient until the toxin bound to the nervous system wears off, which can take a lengthy time period.

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Why is tetanus also known as lockjaw?

Why is tetanus also known as lockjaw?

Muscle spasms: Tetanus is caused by a bacteria called clostridium tetani. One of the initial symptoms that patients experience is spasm of the muscles that control the opening and closing of the jaw. The muscle spasms prevent the opening of the mouth, commonly referred to as lockjaw.

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How can you tell if you have trismus (lockjaw)?

How can you tell if you have trismus (lockjaw)?

See your dentist: Lockjaw and trismus and TMJ disorders are all different things. Lockjaw is also known as tetanus and is a serious infection. Trismus refers to difficulty or decreased openign of the jaw. This is sometimes due to muscle spasms or can be due to TMJ disorders. A dentist needs to do a thorough exam in order to diagnose the problem.

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What is the most common cause of tetanus or lockjaw?

What is the most common cause of tetanus or lockjaw?

You mean trismus: Trismus is a common condition caused by hyper activity of the jaw muscles. This causes them to be dire and stiff thus limiting opening.

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What are the consequences of having tetanus (lockjaw)?

What are the consequences of having tetanus (lockjaw)?

Locked jaw: If tetanus is the cause, patient will eventually die of respiratory arrest. Patients should be intubated and monitored in icu.

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Cuts are not deep, but because 2 bled, will I get tetanus or lockjaw?

Cuts are not deep, but because 2 bled, will I get tetanus or lockjaw?

Booster time: What did you cut yourself on? How long ago did you have a tetanus shot. The chances of getting tetanus are remote, but if it has been longer than ten years since your last tetanus shot, you can still be protected because tetanus is a slow growing organism. Get a booster if needed.

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I have a minor cut that is red and puffy, should I be worried about lockjaw?

Unlikely: Very unlikely to have lock jaw especially if you have had your tetanus shot. Keep the wound clean and see your doctor to make sure there is no infection.

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I had lockjaw. Will it get better over time or should I see an oral specialist?

I had lockjaw. Will it get better over time or should I see an oral specialist?

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 at night). When the jaw 'locks', it can be in an open position or a closed position. This is a temporomandibular joint disorder (tmj). If no resolution, it can be treated by a dentist (with oral appliances) who has the proper training and experienc.

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