ID#: 1657
This 1965 photograph depicts the face of a 46-year-old man that displayed the characteristic facial muscle spasm known as rictus, caused by the toxins produced by the bacterium, Clostridium tetani. This facial appearance lead to this condition becoming known as lockjaw. In this particular case, the tetanus was attributed to shell fragments embedded in a wound to his hand.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP)/ C. Farmer
Creation Date: 1965
Photo Credit:
CDC Organization
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.