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Ileal infarction: a rare cause of tetanus in the elderly.
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PMID:  3330599     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report the case of a 70 year-old woman who presented with clinical tetanus following a four day history of abdominal pain and vomiting. The source of Clostridium tetani was an infarcted loop of ileum resulting from pelvic adhesions. The treatment of tetanus and the incidence of endogenous sources of Clostridium tetani are reviewed. Health Department figures for the decade 1973-1982 show that 70% of reported cases of clinical tetanus occur in those aged 45 years or older.
C M Holdaway; J N Davidson; D D Morrah
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The New Zealand medical journal     Volume:  100     ISSN:  0028-8446     ISO Abbreviation:  N. Z. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1987 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-07-20     Completed Date:  1988-07-20     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401067     Medline TA:  N Z Med J     Country:  NEW ZEALAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  685-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, Northland Base Hospital.
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MeSH Terms
Clostridium tetani / isolation & purification
Ileal Diseases / complications,  microbiology
Ileum / blood supply*,  microbiology
Infarction / complications*,  microbiology
Intestinal Obstruction / complications,  microbiology
Tetanus / etiology*

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