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Descriptor in English: Tetanus
Descriptor in Spanish: Tétanos
Descriptor in Portuguese: Tétano
Descriptor in French: Tétanos
Entry term(s): Clostridium tetani Infection
Clostridium tetani Infections
Infection, Clostridium tetani
Infections, Clostridium tetani
Tree number(s): C01.150.252.410.222.864
Scope note: A disease caused by tetanospasmin, a powerful protein toxin produced by CLOSTRIDIUM TETANI. Tetanus usually occurs after an acute injury, such as a puncture wound or laceration. Generalized tetanus, the most common form, is characterized by tetanic muscular contractions and hyperreflexia. Localized tetanus presents itself as a mild condition with manifestations restricted to muscles near the wound. It may progress to the generalized form.
Annotation: caused by Clostridium tetani; do not confuse with TETANY; do not use for tonic spasm of muscle ( = SPASM) or for tetanic contraction ( = MUSCLE CONTRACTION)
Allowable Qualifiers: BL blood
CF cerebrospinal fluid
CI chemically induced
CL classification
CN congenital
CO complications
DG diagnostic imaging
DH diet therapy
DI diagnosis
DT drug therapy
EC economics
EH ethnology
EM embryology
EN enzymology
EP epidemiology
ET etiology
GE genetics
HI history
IM immunology
ME metabolism
MI microbiology
MO mortality
NU nursing
PA pathology
PC prevention & control
PP physiopathology
PS parasitology
PX psychology
RH rehabilitation
RT radiotherapy
SU surgery
TH therapy
TM transmission
UR urine
VE veterinary
VI virology
See also the descriptors: Trismus MeSH
DeCS UI: 14121
Descriptor UI: D013742
Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2017/02/24
Tetanus - Preferred
Concept UI M0021200
Scope note A disease caused by tetanospasmin, a powerful protein toxin produced by CLOSTRIDIUM TETANI. Tetanus usually occurs after an acute injury, such as a puncture wound or laceration. Generalized tetanus, the most common form, is characterized by tetanic muscular contractions and hyperreflexia. Localized tetanus presents itself as a mild condition with manifestations restricted to muscles near the wound. It may progress to the generalized form.
Preferred term Tetanus
Entry term(s) Clostridium tetani Infection
Clostridium tetani Infections
Infection, Clostridium tetani
Infections, Clostridium tetani



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