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Back pain as the presenting symptom of generalised tetanus

By J Simpson, A Inglis and M W G Gordon


Back pain is a common presenting symptom in emergency departments and primary care across the UK. The extensive differential diagnosis includes mechanical, infective, thoracic, abdominal and vascular causes. This case report describes a patient who presented with lower back pain with a rare diagnosis, which is becoming more common in certain population groups, and emphasises the importance of clinical skills and insuring adequate tetanus prophylaxis

Topics: Emergency Casebook
Publisher: BMJ Group
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