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Clostridial Neurotoxins: Tetanus and Botulism. In: Greene CE, ed. Orange Is the New Black. Brett Schneider. Si faceva riempire come un tacchino nel giorno del ringraziamento
This results in the sustained contraction of the muscles supplied by the affected neurons. Due to the irreversible nature of the action of tetanospasmin, clinical recovery is prolonged and requires the development of new interneuronal synapses to replace those that were inactivated by tetanospasmin.
In localized tetanus, such as in one limb, tetanospasmin binds to regional alpha motor neurons adjacent to the wound and tetanus develops first in the muscles of the affected limb. The toxin may then continue to spread within the spinal cord and ascend to the brain. Clinical signs due to wound infection with Clostridium tetani generally occurs within five to ten days after infection, but can range from days to a month after infection. As a result, the wound that served as the initial site of introduction of Cl.
As a result of hyperesthesia, mild stimulation can result in generalized tonic contraction of all muscles with opisthotonus. Progression of the disease may make voluntary movements impossible with extensor rigidity of all four limbs resulting in recumbency. Trismus due to contraction of the masticatory muscles, risus sardonicus due to the retraction of the lips, dorsomedial retraction of the ears, and excessive wrinkling of the skin of the forehead are observed.
Prolapse of the third eyelid and enophthalmos is due to retraction of the globe from hypertonic extraocular muscles. Tetanospasmin may also produce sympathetic and parasympathetic hyperactivity. The presumptive diagnosis of tetanus is based primarily on history, clinical signs and response to treatment. On physical examination, a recent or healed wound may be evident; however, absence of a detectable wound at the time of presentation is not uncommon with tetanus in canines.
Even if a wound is present, isolation of Cl. The morphology of the sporulated and vegetative forms of Cl.
If a wound or pneumonia is present, a neutrophilic leukocytosis with left shift may be observed. Creatine kinase CK and aspartate aminotransferase AST , enzymes present in muscle, may be elevated due to muscle trauma as a result of hypertonicity and prolonged recumbency.
Muscle spasms due to tetanus may be inhibited by general anesthesia, however electromyographic changes are present revealing abnormal persistent electrical motor unit discharges rather than the normal period of electrical silence after insertion of a needle into the affected muscle. Treatment of tetanus in severely affected animals can be cost prohibitive and extremely time consuming. Recovery from tetanus is affected by the dose of toxin exposure, onset of treatment, and presence of secondary complications. The objectives of treatment include: neutralizing circulating toxin, eliminating further production of tetanospasmin, and supportive care.
Antitetanus equine serum ATS , derived from the sera of hyperimmunized horses, exerts its effects by neutralizing unbound toxin either circulating in the blood or present in the wound. If a wheal develops at the site of injection, the patient should be medicated with a prophylactic dose of antihistamines and corticosteroids prior to further treatment. Recovery is slow, progressive, and does not occur until new interneuronal synapses develop to replace those that were inactivated by toxin.
Although penicillin is a known antagonist of GABA, penicillin G is the drug of choice for eliminating the vegetative form. Metronidazole has a higher risk for neurotoxicity but may be more effective than penicillin G. The preferred agents include a combination of phenothiazine, specifically chlorpromazine, and barbiturates.
Phenothiazines are though to work at the level of the brainstem to depress descending excitatory input on the lower motor neurons within the spinal cord and is a potentiator of barbiturate anesthesia. Once the patient has been initially treated with ATS, antimicrobials and sedatives, the wound, if present, should be debrided, flushed, and cleaned.
Hydrogen peroxide is beneficial due to its ability to increase oxygen tension which results in the inhibition of obligate anaerobes. Patients should be placed in a dark, quiet environment and all treatments should be coordinated so that minimal stimulation and handling occurs.
If dysphagia is present, an esophagostomy or gastrostomy tube may be required for feeding. Laryngeal spasm may result in respiratory obstruction necessitating a tracheostomy. Urinary catheterization and enemas may be required due to hypertonic urethral and anal sphincters.
Hyperthermia due to generalized muscle contraction must be monitored and treated. Prognosis is related to the incubation period, period of onset, severity of clinical signs, and secondary complications. For patients with respiratory compromise, positive-pressure ventilation may be required which is often cost prohibitive for veterinary patients. Due to the cost and intensive patient care required, many owners elect euthanasia.
However, if cost is not a factor and intensive supportive care can be provided, a favorable outcome may be achieved. With rapid and appropriate initiation of therapy, most canines have a self-limiting course of disease. Initial improvement may be seen one week after initiation of treatment with gradual recovery in three to four weeks.
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