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How accurate is the spatula test in detecting tetanus?

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How accurate is the spatula test in detecting tetanus?
Posted Sun, 15 Dec 2013 in Infections
Answered by Dr. Jorge Brenes-Salazar 2 days later
Brief Answer: Excellent Detailed Answer: Dear patient, Thanks for the query. The spatula test is a very simple, clinical maneuver that involves observing the reaction after touching the posterior palate with a spatula in a patient suspected to have tetanus. The sensitivity has been reported as high as 94% and specificity of virtually 100%; so an excellent test. Here is a useful reference from PubMed Apte NM, Karnad DR. The Spatula Test: A Simple Bedside Test to Diagnose Tetanus". American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 1995; 53 (4): 386–7. PMID 0000 Hope that helps, wish you the best, Dr Brenes-Salazar MD Mayo Clinic MN Cardiology
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