Tetanus of the newborn is becoming increasingly rare in this country, but because the outcome is usually fatal it remains a serious condition. In his review of 1930, Hines1 collected records of 5,767 deaths and 27 instances of recovery in tetanus neonatorum. This represents a mortality of 99.54%. Jelliffe,2 under primitive conditions in Nigeria, cited one recovery in 25 cases. Obviously many isolated recoveries have not been reported, though the temptation to record even a single favorable result in this disease is great. In reporting a case with recovery, Block and Foster3 refer to five recoveries in 38 cases reviewed by Bratusch-Marrain in two papers. They also mention recoveries reported by Jones and Jenkins. The four cases described by the latter author4 are somewhat unusual in that each was accompanied with a fever of 103.6 F. to 107 F. and each showed an astonishingly rapid recovery.
Dietrich HF. TETANUS NEONATORUM: REPORT OF TWO CASES WITH OMPHALECTOMY AND RECOVERY. JAMA. 1951;147(11):1038–1040. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.73670280003012a
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