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Tetanus: delay in diagnosis in England and Wales.
  1. F Schon,
  2. L O'Dowd,
  3. J White,
  4. N Begg
  1. Department of Neurology, Atkinson Morley's Hospital, Corpse Hill, Wimbledon, UK.


A 7 day delay occurred in the diagnosis of cephalic tetanus in a 69 year old woman who developed an ipsilateral facial palsy 5 days after a facial laceration. Cranial nerve palsies often precede trismus in this form of tetanus.

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