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Disease definition

Tetanus is an infectious disease caused by the anaerobic bacterium Clostridium tetani and characterized by spasms and contractions of the skeletal muscles.


Classification level: Disorder
  • Synonym(s): -
  • Prevalence: -
  • Inheritance: -
  • Age of onset: All ages
  • ICD-10: A33  A34  A35
  • OMIM: -
  • UMLS: C0039614
  • MeSH: D013742
  • GARD: 5144
  • MedDRA: 10043376

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