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June 21, 1941

TETANUS FOLLOWING INDUCED ABORTION

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SAN ANGELO, TEXAS

JAMA. 1941;116(25):2750-2751. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820250016005
Abstract

Tetanus following induced abortion appears to be a rare condition, or at least if it is common it has not been reported. In 1931 Mattson and Starkey1 reported 1 case, with recovery. Komaromy2 reported 1 case in 1937 and stated that there were numerous cases reported in the literature. In the German literature, Schneider was able to find records of 111 cases, with a mortality of 91 per cent. Komaromy brought out the fact that it is essential to determine whether the inoculation with tetanus took place through other wounds in the skin and was merely coincidental with the abortion. As a result of a survey of the literature, I think it is justifiable to report 5 cases, with a mortality of 100 per cent.

The 5 patients admitted having been pregnant and having sought an abortion and alleged that the abortion was done by the same person

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