Associated Conditions of Food poisoning


About associated conditions: Associated conditions are those which appear statistically related, but do not have a clear cause or effect relationship. Whereas the complications are caused by Food poisoning, and underlying causes may be causes of Food poisoning, the following list shows associated conditions that simply appear with higher frequency in people who have Food poisoning. In some cases, there may be overlap between this list and risk factors for Food poisoning. People with Food poisoning may be more likely to get a condition on the list of associated conditions, or the reverse may be true, or both. Whether they are causes of, caused by, or simply coincidentally related to Food poisoning is not always clear. For general information, see Associated Condition Misdiagnosis.

Associated conditions: Scientists suspect that foodborne pathogens are linked to chronic disorders and can even cause permanent tissue or organ destruction. Research suggests that when some people are infected by foodborne pathogens, the activation of their immune system can trigger an inappropriate autoimmune response, which means the immune system attacks the body's own cells. In some people, an autoimmune response leads to a chronic health condition. Chronic disorders that may be triggered by foodborne pathogens are

  • Arthritis

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Kidney failure

  • Guillain-Barré syndrome

  • Autoimmune disorders

Further research is needed to explain the link.1

1. excerpt from Bacteria and Foodborne Illness: NIDDK

Last revision: May 27, 2003

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