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This patient presented with facial tetany, involving contraction of the masseter, which is visible here, and his neck muscles, which are not visible here. Tetanus is induced by an exotoxin produced by the tetanus bacillus, Clostridium tetani, which grows anaerobically at the site of injury. Tetanus is characterized by painful muscular contractions, primarily of the masseter, and other large muscles.
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Creation Date:1963
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