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Clin Podiatr Med Surg. 2006 Oct;23(4):769-75, vii-i.

Tetanus prophylaxis for diabetic foot ulcers.

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Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, 152-11 89(th) Avenue, New York, NY 11432, USA.


The infected or ulcerated diabetic foot is a suitable environment for Clostridium tetani. Tetanus intoxication as a result of foot ulcer has been described in the literature. Immunopathy, vasculopathy, and ulceration place the diabetic patient at risk for developing tetanus. Of diabetic patients who contract generalized tetanus in the United States, foot ulcer or gangrene are responsible for 25% of cases. Patients who have diabetic wounds should receive tetanus prophylaxis. The prophylaxis should follow the "tetanus-prone" wound recommendations as set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

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