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Aggressive intensive care treatment of very elderly patients with tetanus is justified.
Publication types: Case Reports ; Journal ArticlePublication Status: ppublish
Tetanus is now rare in industrialized countries, occurring mainly in elderly patients. To assess whether aggressive therapy of these patients in the intensive care unit is justified, we retrospectively studied all patients with tetanus hospitalized in our institution between 1968 and 1989. Patients over the age of 70 years fared as well as those under 70 years and recovered without sequelae. These results favor aggressive treatment of elderly patients with tetanus in the intensive care unit.
Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Critical Care, Diazepam/therapeutic use, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Pancuronium/therapeutic use, Respiration, Artificial, Retrospective Studies, Tetanus/complications, Tetanus/drug therapy, Tracheostomy
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