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Doctor insights on: Is Tetanus Genetic

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Is tetanus genetic?

Is tetanus genetic?

No: Susceptability to tetanus is more or less universal. The spores(egg) of the germ begins to grow in a wound and produce a toxin that circulates in the blood. Where the toxin goes it begins to interfere with the nervous system. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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How is tetanus spread?

How is tetanus spread?

From the Dirt: Tetanus spores live in the dirt. It is contracted through a cut or wound that becomes contaminated with the organism. This could be a naturally curious question. However, If you are not immunized or have unimmunized children, run don't walk to your nearest pediatrician's office to rectify this situation! You are quite close to the Measles outbreak epicenter, tetanus could be next! ...Read more

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How serious is tetanus?

How serious is tetanus?

Depends: Survival from tetanus depends on a variety of factors. Case fatality rate runs 30% or so with older and very young patients more likely to die. Personal fitness, access to antitoxin and other interventions can improve outcome. ...Read more

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How is tetanus diagnosed?

How is tetanus diagnosed?

DiffIcult: History of injury, wound or after delivery is important. Pt has contractures of group of muscles like when smiling ironically ( sardonic smile), and contractures of limbs. Life-threatening neurologic syndrome characterized by tonic muscle spasms and hyperreflexiatetanus toxin can be detected in serum, confirming a clinical diagnosis. Samples should be collected before immunoglobulin treatment. ...Read more

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How dangerous is tetanus?

How dangerous is tetanus?

Serious Disease: Tetanus is very serious disease and although many will recover with treatment others may be fatal It is a preventable disease with proper immunisation ...Read more

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What are tetanus shots for?

What are tetanus shots for?

Prevent tetanus: Tetanus is a germ that exists all around us.It's spores spread the germs and can enter any break in the skin.A classical risky wound would be from a rusty nail or garden implement.The germ spores enter the wound and fester into an infection.Over time the germs begin to make a neurotoxin that enters the blood and causes the symptoms of tetanus. A simple tetanus shot, protects people from this toxin ...Read more

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Is tetanus common in the us?

No: The pattern of immunization has reduced the frequency of tetanus in the US to 40 or less cases per year. These cluster with the unimmunized or incompletely immunized populations. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tetanus?

Uncontrollable spasm: Uncontrollable straining of your back (your head is bent backward to the ground, and your back is twisted in the shape of a "u"), uncontrollable grimacing, and uncontrollable spasms of your muscles. It is significant if you recently had a puncture wound to the foot from the ground, or a puncture wound from a rusty nail anywhere on the body. If you are not immunized see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of tetanus?

What are the characteristics of tetanus?

See below: Common signs and symptoms of tetanus are: spasms and stiffness in jaw muscles, stiffness of neck muscles, difficulty swallowing, stiffness of your abdominal muscles, and painful body spasms lasting for several minutes. Fever, sweating, elevated blood pressure, and rapid heart rate can also occur. ...Read more

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What is tetanus and how is it diagnosed?

TETANUS /LOCKJAW....: Acute spastic paralytic illness by neurotoxin produced by bacteria clostridium tetani that lives in soil, dust, intestine of animals; gain access thru contaminated wound. Diagnosed from symptoms: difficulty in chewing(trismus)/swallowing, stiffness, intractable spasm of facial muscle result in 'sardonic smile', spastic paralysis extends to abdomen/lumbar/hip/ thigh results in 'arched posture' etc. ...Read more