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ICD-10 code: A35

Disease category: A35: Other tetanus

Understanding Other Tetanus: Causes and Prevention

Tetanus, commonly known as lockjaw, is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Clostridium tetani. While most people are familiar with the classic form of tetanus, there is another type called "other tetanus." In this article, we will explore the causes and prevention of other tetanus.

What is Other Tetanus?

Other tetanus refers to cases where individuals contract tetanus through uncommon routes, such as surgical procedures, piercing, tattooing, or unhygienic practices. Although rare, these alternative forms of tetanus can still lead to severe health complications if left untreated.

Causes of Other Tetanus

  1. Surgical Procedures: Invasive surgical procedures that breach the skin's protective barrier can expose individuals to tetanus spores present in the environment.
  2. Piercing and Tattooing: Improper sterilization of piercing or tattoo equipment can introduce tetanus bacteria into the body.
  3. Unhygienic Practices: Poor wound care or failure to follow proper hygiene practices can increase the risk of other tetanus.

Prevention of Other Tetanus

While prevention is crucial, it is important to note that the following information does not constitute medical advice. Consult a healthcare professional for personalized guidance.

  1. Tetanus Vaccination: Keeping your tetanus vaccination up to date is the most effective way to prevent both classic and other tetanus infections. Consult with your healthcare provider to ensure your immunization is current.
  2. Maintain Hygiene: It is essential to practice proper wound care and follow hygienic practices when getting any invasive procedure like surgery, piercing, or tattooing. Sterile equipment and a clean environment are crucial to reduce the risk of infection.
  3. Consult Professionals: When opting for any invasive procedure, always choose licensed professionals who follow strict sterilization protocols and maintain a clean working environment.


While other tetanus is relatively rare, understanding its causes and prevention can help individuals make informed decisions when undergoing invasive procedures. Tetanus vaccinations, maintaining hygiene, and consulting professionals are essential steps to reduce the risk of contracting other tetanus. Remember to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and guidance specific to your circumstances.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment of tetanus or any other health condition.

Treatment of Other tetanus:

Treatment Options for Other Tetanus

Other tetanus, also known as atypical tetanus, is a rare form of tetanus that differs from the more common generalized form. It is characterized by localized symptoms and affects a specific area of the body rather than the entire body. While the treatment for other tetanus follows a similar approach to generalized tetanus, there are specific cons...

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