The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2020 , Vol 62 , Num 2
Tetanus; a forgotten infection disease: a report of two cases
Ülkem Koçoğlu Barlas 1 ,Hasan Serdar Kıhtır 1 ,Osman Yeşilbaş 1 ,Mey Talip Petmezci 1 ,Nihal Akçay 1 ,Ercüment Petmezci 1 ,Nevin Hatipoğlu 2 ,Esra Şevketoğlu 1
1 Division of Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Bakırköy Dr. Sadi Konuk Health Training and Research Center, İstanbul, Turkey
2 Department of Pediatrics, University of Health Science, Bakırköy Dr. Sadi Konuk Health Training and Research Center, İstanbul, Turkey.
DOI : 10.24953/turkjped.2020.02.014 Background. Tetanus is an infectious disease that can be seen in all age groups in underdeveloped and developing countries, where vaccination programs are inadequate. In developed countries, it is reported more frequently in the adult age group, where the protection of vaccination is diminished and the doses are delayed.

Case. In this report, we present generalized tetanus, which was observed in two male patients aged 12 and 6 years, admitted at different times, together with clinical course and treatment approaches. Both patients belong to different nationalities, who immigrated a couple of months before their application to our hospital. They applied with similar histories and complaints and were not vaccinated during infancy.

Conclusion. With the development of vaccination programs, this disease with high morbidity and mortality can be prevented. Keywords : clostridium tetani, tetanus, trismus

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