oa South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition - SASPEN case study

Volume 23, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1607-0658
  • E-ISSN: 2221-1268



The patient, a 79-year-old woman, was admitted to hospital on 14 August 2009 with locked jaws, generalised body pain and dyspnoea. She presented with features suggestive of tetanus, including trismus (prolonged tonic spasm of the muscles of the jaw), generalised rigidity and irregular muscle spasms. The patient had a medical history of type II diabetes mellitus and hypertension.

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