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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 372375, 2 pages
Case Report

Meningitis, Clinical Presentation of Tetanus

1Department of Infectious Diseases and Neuroinfections, Medical University of Bialystok, Zurawia 14, 15-540 Białystok, Poland
2Medical University of Bialystok, Kilinskiego 1, 15-089 Białystok, Poland
3Department of Allergy, Cambridge University Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK
4Department of Respiratory Diagnostics and Bronchoscopy, Medical University of Bialystok, Waszyngtona 17, 15-274 Białystok, Poland

Received 21 December 2014; Accepted 28 January 2015

Academic Editor: Sandeep Dogra

Copyright © 2015 Anna Moniuszko et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Tetanus is an acute disease caused by a neurotoxin produced by Clostridium tetani. Tetanus immunization has been available since the late 1930s but sporadic cases still occur, usually in incompletely vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals. Case Report. An elderly previously vaccinated female contracted tetanus following foot injury. Clinically she presented with meningitis causing diagnostic and therapeutic delays. Why Should Physician Be Aware of This? Even in developed countries the differential diagnosis of meningitis, especially in the elderly, should include tetanus. Treatment in intensive care unit is required. General population might benefit from vaccine boosters and education on this potentially fatal disease.