Definition: the most common type of tetanus, often with trismus as its initial manifestation; the muscles of the head, neck, trunk, and limbs become persistently contracted, and then painful paroxysmal tonic contractions (tetanic seizures) are superimposed; the high mortality rate (50%) is due to asphyxia or cardiac failure.
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