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Why is tetanus sometimes called lockjaw?

Why is tetanus sometimes called lockjaw?

Jaw muscle spasms: The germ of tetnus produces a chemical toxin called tetanospasmin.Normal muscle action is maintained by a balance of chemicals that signal a contraction & release. This toxin takes over the message center, locking a muscle group in the contraction mode & preventing "relaxing" messages from getting thru. Occasionally localized, most often bodywide, it locks up the jaws like it does other muscles. ...Read more

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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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Is lockjaw a symptom of tetanus?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Generally how long from first tightness to lockjaw or spasms with tetanus?

Generally how long from first tightness to lockjaw or spasms with tetanus?

It varies: An infection with clostridium tetani can cause symptoms limited lockjaw or it can spread to cause symptoms throughout the body. The incubation and the time symptoms develops varies. Depending on the type of infection it can take week/s develops symptoms. Other factors influence of the speed of the spread of symptoms of the infection.[ such as spasm]. ...Read more

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If you have tetanus and a stomach sickness, what could happen if you threw up with lockjaw?

If you have tetanus and a stomach sickness, what could happen if you threw up with lockjaw?

You should be fine: If you do throw up with lock jaw, often the vomit can pass between the teeth or behind the last teeth in the jaws. Also, the vomit can come through the nose. This occurs with patients who have had their jaws wired shut for jaw fractures. Of course there is a risk that you may aspirate your own vomit. ...Read more

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If I have lockjaw (tetanus) would i be able to open my jaw fully? Stiffness in muscles in neck and jaw but i can open jaw fully. With lockjaw would i i be able to fully open jaw? Spasms all over body.

See doctor: If you truly have lockjaw, you would not be alive long enough to post this question. You really need to consult your doctor. In the meanwhile , get a tdap booster now so that you won't have to even consider this possibility in the future. ...Read more

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What defines the cramping/lockjaw sensation caused by tetanus? I have a jaw and neck ache, but no difficulty opening mouth. Last tetanus shot was 2001. Did some soil gardening 8 days ago but no cuts.

What defines the cramping/lockjaw sensation caused by tetanus? I have a jaw and neck ache, but no difficulty opening mouth. Last tetanus shot was 2001. Did some soil gardening 8 days ago but no cuts.

Not tetanus: Fortunately, whatever you have is not tetanus. Lockjaw is associated with the bacterial condition of tetanus and is highly serious - wa high mortality rate. It is very rare. Most physicians have never seen a case of tetanus. In the absence of a wound and absence of severe symptoms, whatever you have, it is not a concern for tetanus. This could be just associated strain from your gardening activity. ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine called "tetanus"?

Yes: Tetanus vaccine is in combination with other vaccines such as pertussis(whooping cough) and diptheria for example. ...Read more

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How do I solve lockjaw?

How do I solve lockjaw?

Lockjaw or tmj?: I'm assuming you mean tmj. Lockjaw is a life-threatening infection. Treatment of TMJ problems requires the help of a dentist who extra training in TMJ disorders. ...Read more

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What to do if I have lockjaw and it hurts?

What to do if I have lockjaw and it hurts?

Not Lockjaw: Yeah, tetanus requires some kind of wound inoculating the skin with bacteria. But you may have a temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome. If this continues, please see a TMJ specialist dentist for some diagnosis and help. James dillard, md. ...Read more

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What is the diagnosis procedure for lockjaw?

Lock jaw findings: two types of "lock jaw." Open lock or closed lock. and incomplete variations of both. Closed lock is the inability to achieve maximum opening even when trying. It is usually the result of dislocation of the cartilage disc of the TMJ. Open lock occurs when the jaw locks when the mouth is wide open. Both conditions may require treatment intervention by a knowledgeable dentist or physician. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have lockjaw-like problem?

Rock and slide jaw: This is due to dysfunction of the temporal mandibular joint just below the ear. The cartilage catches on the other side of the joint and clicks as the joint moves. Sometimes the cartilage catches the other side and the jaw locks. If this starts to happen, do not try to close the morth - but keep it open, rock the joint from side to side and yawn and usually the jaw will snap into place. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Lockjaw?

Trismus, TMJ: 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 dental society for referrals. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for lockjaw?

What is the treatment for lockjaw?

Treatment may vary: Depending on the etiology of the problem will determine what type of treatment is necessary. Some patients may have a single episode that resolved without any treatment. Other patients may sometimes require a significant course of treatment that can range from behavior modification, medication, splint therapy, physical therapy, adjustment of the occlusion (bite), and/or surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Can lockjaw be caused by chewing gum?

Can lockjaw be caused by chewing gum?

Metal gum: Not the lockjaw process you get from tetanus. If chewing gum causes you jaw claudication, you need to see a ENT or maxillofacial specialist. On the other hand and as a fellow gum chewer, switch brands, get the softest, sugarless gum you can. ...Read more

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