You should suspect tetanus if a cut or wound is followed by one or more of these symptoms:
Stiffness of the neck, jaw, and other muscles, often accompanied by a grotesque, grinning expression
Uncontrollable spasms of the jaw, called lockjaw, and neck muscles
Painful, involuntary contraction of other muscles
In some cases, symptoms will develop in the absence of any cut or wound that you can recall. In addition, you may notice restlessness, lack...