Complications of Chagas disease


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About complications: Complications of Chagas disease are secondary conditions, symptoms, or other disorders that are caused by Chagas disease. In many cases the distinction between symptoms of Chagas disease and complications of Chagas disease is unclear or arbitrary.

Complications list for Chagas disease: The list of complications that have been mentioned in various sources for Chagas disease includes:

  • Chronic Chagas disease - about a third of cases become chronic with delayed symptoms
  • Myocarditis
  • Coma
  • Death

Complications of Chagas disease: Chagas disease primarily affects low income people living in rural areas. Many people get the infection during childhood. The early stage of infection (acute Chagas disease) usually is not severe, but sometimes it can cause death, particularly in infants. However, in about one-third of those who get the infection, chronic symptoms develop after 10-20 years. For these persons who develop chronic symptoms, the average life expectancy decreases by an average of 9 years. 1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Chagas Disease: DPD

Last revision: April 4, 2003

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