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Facial nerve paralysis as the first manifestation of tetanus in a 4-year-old girl

Authors:

Arumugam Jayavardhana ,

Asst. Professor of Paediatrics, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Peelamedu, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, IN
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A M Vijayalakshmi

Professor of Paediatrics, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Peelamedu, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, IN
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Abstract

We report a case of a 4-year-old girl who developed right sided facial palsy following injury to forehead. Two days later, she developed trismus which gradually progressed to generalized tetanus.  A literature search shows that this child is the first to present with facial palsy as the initial manifestation of tetanus in Indian literature.

(Key words: Tetanus; facial palsy; cephalic tetanus)

Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 2011; 40(3): 136-137

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v40i3.3515 (This DOI was corrected on 4/11/2011 so please use this version to refer to this article)

How to Cite: Jayavardhana, A. and Vijayalakshmi, A.M., 2011. Facial nerve paralysis as the first manifestation of tetanus in a 4-year-old girl. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 40(3), pp.136–137. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v40i3.3515
Published on 08 Sep 2011.
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