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Tetanus is a serious but rare infection caused by bacteria. It usually occurs when a flesh wound becomes contaminated.
Symptoms of tetanus
The symptoms of tetanus usually develop within 4 to 21 days after infection with the Clostridium tetani bacteria (the incubation period).
Causes of tetanus
Tetanus is caused by the Clostridium tetani bacterium. One of the most common ways that tetanus bacteria can enter the body is through a cut or a puncture wound.
Treating tetanus
Treatment for tetanus may include tetanus immunoglobulin (TIG), or sedatives and muscle relaxants if you have symptoms.
Complications of tetanus
Sudden cardiac death is the most serious complication of tetanus and a leading cause of death in people with the condition.