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May 9th, 2006
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My diagnosis of the PoW on HOUSE..
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On average, symptoms of tetanus begin seven to eight days after tetanus bacteria enter the body. These symptoms may include:

Spasms in the jaw muscles (lockjaw)
Stiff muscles in the neck, shoulder and back
Difficulty swallowing
Prolonged contraction of the facial muscles, which may produce what looks like a sneer or grimace
An arched back resulting from contraction of the back muscles
Muscle spasms and muscle rigidity in the chest, abdomen and extremities
Fever and profuse sweating
High blood pressure
Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Difficulty breathing
Fractured bones and ruptured muscles caused by severe muscle spasms

There is no laboratory test for tetanus. A doctor will diagnose tetanus based on your symptoms and immunization history. It is helpful if you. can recall a recent cut or puncture wound.

Expected Duration

People who have tetanus must be treated in a hospital. Even with good hospital care, however, about 30% of patients die. Those who do survive usually suffer from muscle spasms for about three to four weeks. Once these spasms subside, recovery takes several months.

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Date:May 10th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
PoW? I've only watched a few episodes and already I've learned that when someone's calcium is elevated, they probably have cancer...I guessed it tonight the minute he mentioned the elevated calcium *is very proud of herself*
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Date:May 10th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
Patient of the Week... *G*

Aw, but we were both wrong... Pellagra! But I am surprised tetanus didn't come up when she arched up off the tabe. And it fit a lot of the symptoms at the beginning.
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Date:May 10th, 2006 11:07 am (UTC)
Good guess. I wouldn't have thought of it (and I had great uncle die of tetanus). Then again, I wouldn't have thought of celiac disease, either.
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Date:May 10th, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC)
Nope... wouldn't have thought of that in a million years!

Your great uncle? Didn't think anybody got it anymore, what with the shots.
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