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Tetanus Developing after a Traumatic Rectal Rupture: A Case Report
Jin Soo Kim, Ki Hoon Kim, Sung Jin Park, So Hyun Nam, Woon Won Kim, Yong Han Kim
Journal of Trauma and Injury 2013;26(3):214-217
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1Department of Surgery, University of Inje College of Medicine, Haeundae Paik Hospital, Busan, Korea. hq369@hanmail.net
2Department of Anesthesiology, University of Inje College of Medicine, Haeundae Paik Hospital, Busan, Korea.
Received: 22 February 2013   • Revised: 24 June 2013   • Accepted: 22 August 2013

Tetanus is a neurologic disorder caused by a tetanospasmin released from Clostridium tetani and usually occurs as a result of a dirty open wound or abrasion. Post traumatic tetanus is a life threatening disease and has a mortality rate of 15~39%. Because of a nationwide active immunization program, tetanus is a rare disease in Korea. Thus, many physicians have little experience with its diagnosis and management, and misdiagnosis and therapeutic delay may have catastrophic consequences. We report a case of tetanus that developed in a patient who had been diagnosed with a traumatic rectal rupture.

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