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How is tetanus diagnosed?

Your doctor will diagnose tetanus by observing the clinical signs. Sometimes your doctor will choose to perform a spatula test by touching the back of your throat with a spatula. The normal reaction is a gag reflex, but if you have tetanus, you will automatically bite down on the spatula.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 19 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Whooping cough (pertussis)

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