Recurrent Tetanus in Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients of the Philippine General Hospital

Jesi Ellen C. Bautista, Leah L. Shiong Shu,
Jose Leonard R. Pascual and Paul Matthew D. Pasco

Department of Neurosciences, College of Medicine and
Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines Manila

This is the first report of recurrent tetanus in two cases of patients with intraductal carcinoma of the breast. Both patients were treated with anti-tetanus vaccines and appropriate antibiotics. There was no surgical intervension. The patients were discharged well after resolution of the tetanus. However, both patients had recurrence of the tetanus several weeks from discharge. We explored the possible causes and prevention of tetanus recurrence in immunocompromised patients with chronic wounds.

Key Words: recurrent tetanus, tetanus, breast cancer, cancer