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Why is tetanus also known as lockjaw?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Daniel Quon
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Jaw smasms

The toxin produced by the germ circulates in the blood and effects the muscle groups by causing tremendous spasms that cannot let up.
This can lock the jaw closed. "lock jaw".

In brief: Jaw smasms

The toxin produced by the germ circulates in the blood and effects the muscle groups by causing tremendous spasms that cannot let up.
This can lock the jaw closed. "lock jaw".
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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