Discussion in 'Spot Diagnosis' started by J.P.C. Peper, Apr 30, 2012.
What's this phenomenom called and what's the underlying disease?
Ophisthotonus....due to Tetanus
Any other ideas, anyone?
If not, I'll post the correct answer in two days ;-)
Sandifer???.. I have a patient like this!
the phenomenon is ophisthotonus, which is specific in tetanus and meningitidis
Tetanus or meningitis
Ophisthotonus due to cerebral malaria
Opisthotonos due to tetanus or meningitis... or possibly a special case of cervical dystonia or cerebral palsy
(PS: there's something that looks like vomit on the bedsheets, so it can be a case of poisoning - metals or some drug, for example)
Opisthotonus due to tetanus
Indeed, arching of the body and neck hyperextension is called opisthotonus, which is characteristic for a severe tetanus infection. It’s also true that meningitis or strychnine poisoning can cause this, but in these cases opisthotonus is less likely to occur.
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