Symptoms of Chagas disease
Symptoms of Chagas disease
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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Chagas disease:
There are three stages
of infection with Chagas disease; each stage has different symptoms. Some
persons may be infected and never develop symptoms.
Acute symptoms only
occur in about 1% of cases. Most people infected do not seek medical
attention. The most recognized symptom of acute Chagas infection is the
Romaña’s sign, or swelling of the eye on one side of the face,
usually at the bite wound or where feces were rubbed into the eye. Other
symptoms are usually not specific for Chagas infection. These symptoms
may include fatigue, fever, enlarged liver or spleen, and swollen lymph
glands. Sometimes, a rash, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting
occur. In infants and in very young children with acute Chagas disease,
swelling of the brain can develop in acute Chagas disease, and this can
cause death. In general, symptoms last for 4-8 weeks and then they go
away, even without treatment.
Eight to 10 weeks
after infection, the indeterminate stage begins. During this stage,
people do not have symptoms.
Ten to 20 years after
infection, people may develop the most serious symptoms of Chagas
disease. Cardiac problems, including an enlarged heart, altered heart
rate or rhythm, heart failure, or cardiac arrest are symptoms of chronic
disease. Chagas disease can also lead to enlargement of parts of the
digestive tract, which result in severe constipation or problems with
swallowing. In persons who are immune compromised, including persons
with HIV/AIDS, Chagas disease can be severe. Not everyone will develop
the chronic symptoms of Chagas disease.
(Source: excerpt from Chagas Disease: DPD
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Chagas disease: Onset and Incubation
Incubation period for Chagas disease: Symptoms may occur
within a few days to weeks. Most people do not have symptoms until the
chronic stage of infection, 10-20 years after first being infected. (Source: excerpt from Chagas Disease: DPD)
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and may not be the full list of Chagas disease signs or Chagas disease symptoms.
Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Chagas disease may vary on an individual basis for each patient.
Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they
are indeed Chagas disease symptoms.