Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Tetany, a disease of rare occurrence, which is generally met with in children or young adults, and which is characterised by painful spasm of certain muscles; usually of the hands and fore-arms, sometimes of the feet. The disease is commonly associated vwith rickets, sometimes with joint affection or laryngismus. The subjects of tetany generally recover from the malady when subjected to a course of tonic treatment.