ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Except in severe cases, complications related to trichinosis are rare. In cases of heavy infestation, larvae can migrate to vital organs, causing potentially dangerous complications, including:
- Myocarditis — an inflammation of the myocardium, the thick muscular layer of your heart wall
- Encephalitis — an inflammation of your brain
- Meningitis — an inflammation of the membranes (meninges) and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding your brain and spinal cord
- Bronchopneumonia — an inflammation of your lungs and bronchial tubes
- Nephritis — an inflammation of your kidneys
- Sinusitis — an inflammation of the mucous membranes in your sinuses
- Pneumonia — an inflammation of your lungs
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