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Tetanus in adults: a review of 85 cases at Chon Buri Hospital.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11460959     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
From 1988 to 1999, 85 cases of adult tetanus were admitted to the medical service of Chon Buri Hospital. The male to female ratio was 2.2:1. In 50 patients disease was severe enough to require paralysis and artificial ventilation. Fourteen patients needed diazepam and artificial ventilation but not paralysis; and in twenty-one the condition was mild, requiring diazepam only. Eleven patients died, all of them had severe grade of tetanus. The mortality rate was 12.9 per cent. In 70 patients a wound was the source of infection, most of which were minor, often receiving no medical attention. No wounds or obvious source of infection could be found in 15 patients. Tetanus is a preventable disease. The treatment of tetanus is time-consuming and costly and there is still a considerable mortality rate. In moderate to severe cases, the patients usually have to spend three to four weeks in an intensive care unit.
J Kanchanapongkul
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet     Volume:  84     ISSN:  0125-2208     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Assoc Thai     Publication Date:  2001 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-19     Completed Date:  2001-10-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7507216     Medline TA:  J Med Assoc Thai     Country:  Thailand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  494-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Chon Bari Hospital, Thailand.
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MeSH Terms
Cause of Death
Middle Aged
Tetanus / epidemiology*,  etiology,  therapy
Thailand / epidemiology

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