Extensive muscle spasms after unprovoked dog bite: Is it rabies?

  • Roosy Aulakh
  • Jasmine Singh
Keywords: Essen schedule, Muscle spasms, Rabies, Tetanus


We report a 7-year-old incompletely immunized male child who presented with intermittent dyspnea, fever, and extensive muscle spasms following an alleged history of unprovoked Category III dog bite 20 days back with inadequate post-exposure prophylaxis. This case highlights the importance of detailed clinical evaluation including minor signs such as trismus, persistent tetanic muscle contraction in intervening period between muscle spasms and preservation of normal sensorium in the absence of aerophagia and hydrophobia in ruling out a possible diagnosis of rabies in this child, and establishment of diagnosis of less sinister treatable disease with better prognosis.

How to Cite
Aulakh, R., & Singh, J. (2018). Extensive muscle spasms after unprovoked dog bite: Is it rabies?. Indian Journal of Case Reports, 4(2), 107-108. Retrieved from http://atharvapub.net/index.php/IJCR/article/view/799
Case Report