cephalic tetanusmedical dictionary

A type of local tetanus that follows wounds to the face and head; after a brief incubation (1-2 days) the facial and ocular muscles become paretic yet undergo repeated tetanic spasms. The throat and tongue muscles may also be affected.

Synonyms: cerebral tetanus, head tetanus, hydrophobic tetanus, rose cephalic tetanus, Rose's cephalic tetanus.

(05 Mar 2000)