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Clinical Tetanus: (Spinal) Disinhibition or Not?

  • Kohsi Takano

Abstract

The most representative sign of tetanus is hyperactivity of the motor system. Most of the patients die, if not relaxed by adequate methods, due to an apnea, which is caused by “hyperactive” spasm of the respiratory muscles. Tetanus toxin may act not only on the motor system but also on the whole nervous system and therefore tetanus is a multisystemic disease including the disturbance of the autogenic nervous system. However, in this study only the effect of the toxin on the motor system will be discussed.

Keywords

Motor System Spinal Segment Presynaptic Inhibition Tetanus Toxin Excitatory Transmission 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kohsi Takano
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pathoneurophysiology Faculty of MedicineUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany

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