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ICD-10 code: A35

Chapter: Certain infectious and parasitic diseases

What is Other Tetanus?

Other tetanus, also known as non-neonatal tetanus, is a rare form of tetanus that occurs in individuals who have not received the tetanus vaccine or have not received a booster shot in over 10 years. This type of tetanus is caused by a bacterial infection known as Clostridium tetani, which enters the body through an open wound or cut.

Symptoms of Other Tetanus

The symptoms of other tetanus typically develop within 3-21 days after the bacteria enters the body. The initial symptoms include stiffness in the jaw muscles, followed by stiffness in the neck, chest, and abdomen. Other symptoms include:

  1. Difficulty swallowing
  2. Fever and sweating
  3. Rapid heartbeat and high blood pressure
  4. Muscle spasms and rigidity
  5. Painful muscle contractions, especially when exposed to loud noises or bright lights

As this disease progresses, the muscle contractions can become so severe that they cause bone fractures and severe respiratory failure, which can be fatal.

Treatment of Other Tetanus

There is no cure for tetanus, but it can be prevented with the tetanus vaccine. If a person does get infected with tetanus, they will need to be hospitalized and treated with medications to control muscle spasms and reduce the risk of complications.

Treatment for other tetanus also involves cleaning and disinfecting the wound to prevent further bacterial infection, as well as providing supportive care to manage symptoms. This may include medications to control muscle spasms, sedatives to reduce anxiety and promote sleep, and mechanical ventilation to help with breathing.

Prevention of Other Tetanus

The best way to prevent other tetanus is to get vaccinated. The tetanus vaccine is typically given as part of the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP) vaccine series. Adults should receive a booster shot every 10 years to maintain protection against tetanus. If you have an open wound or cut, be sure to clean it thoroughly and seek medical attention if the wound is deep or appears infected.


Other tetanus is a serious bacterial infection that can be prevented with vaccination. If you have not received a tetanus shot in over 10 years, it is important to get a booster shot to maintain protection against this disease. If you develop symptoms of tetanus, seek medical attention immediately to prevent complications and improve your chances of recovery.

Diagnosis Codes for Other tetanus | A35