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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Usama Talib, BSc, MD [2]

Overview

Tetanus is a clinical diagnosis and there are no laboratory findings characteristic of tetanus. The diagnosis is based on the a detailed history and a thorough physical exam. Bacteriologic confirmation is not required. C. tetani can be found in individuals without tetanus and only 30% of tetanic wounds may yield the pathogen.[1]

Laboratory Findings

Tetanus is a clinical diagnosis and there are no laboratory findings characteristic of tetanus. The diagnosis is based on the a detailed history and a thorough physical exam. Bacteriologic confirmation is not required. [1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Tetanus | Diagnosis and Treatment | Lockjaw | CDC".

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