Tetanus: A Rare Complication of Black Tar Heroin Use

Elisa M. Pichlinski, Emily Hoff, Lindsey Claire Epperson, Elizabeth Morley, James Dazhe Cao, Joby Thoppil, Steven Field, Prayag Mehta, Daniel Good, Ank E. Nijhawan

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Tetanus is associated with high morbidity and mortality, although this is rarely encountered in high-income countries. We present a case of tetanus in an unvaccinated patient secondary to black tar heroin use that highlights the importance of considering tetanus in appropriate clinical contexts, harm reduction interventions, and universal tetanus vaccination campaigns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberofab613
JournalOpen Forum Infectious Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022


  • case report
  • heroin
  • immunization
  • substance use
  • tetanus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Clinical Neurology


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