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July 1, 1911

TRAUMATIC TETANUS: RECOVERY FOLLOWING THE ADMINISTRATION OF TETANUS ANTITOXIN

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JACKSONVILLE, FLA.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(1):15-16. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260070019004

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Abstract

The following history evidences the successful use of tetanus antitoxin despite decided symptoms of lockjaw being manifested for three days antedating its use. Fifty-five thousand units of antitoxin were given in all.

History.  —Jesse C., aged 10, was admitted to the isolation ward at St. Luke's Hospital, Jan. 5, 1909. He gave the usual history of traumatism, having been injured twelve days previously by the reckless use of a toy pistol, a portion of the wad and blank cartridge lacerating the middle finger of the right hand. On the ninth day following the injury, symptoms of rigidity of the muscles of the lower jaw developed, with slight convulsive seizures; subsequently, the muscles of the neck, chest and back became implicated. On the day of adraission, at 2:30 p. m., he had a decided convulsion, which was repeated M tenir later. At this-time, the-wound, of'a charro! character and but partly

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