Thursday, June 21, 2018

lockjaw -

Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is a disease caused by tetanospasmin, a type of neurotoxin produced by Clostridium tetani that infects the nervous system and muscle so that nerves and muscles become stiff (rigid).

Kitasato was the first person to successfully isolate the organism from human victims affected by tetanus and also reported that the toxin can be neutralized with specific antibodies. The word tetanus is derived from the Greek tetanos of teinein which means tension.

  This disease is an infectious disease in spasm of tonic and hiperrefleksia muscles causing trismus (lockjaw), general muscle spasm, back curvature (opistotonus), glottal spasms, seizures, and respiratory paralysis.