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Signs of Botulism

What are the signs of Botulism?

The phrase "signs of Botulism" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Botulism that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Botulism" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Botulism.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Botulism. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Botulism has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Botulism signs or Botulism symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Botulism 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 Botulism symptoms.

Signs or Symptoms of Botulism:

Botulism General: DBMD (Excerpt)

The classic symptoms of botulism include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness. Infants with botulism appear lethargic, feed poorly, are constipated, and have a weak cry and poor muscle tone. These are all symptoms of the muscle paralysis caused by the bacterial toxin. If untreated, these symptoms may progress to cause paralysis of the arms, legs, trunk and respiratory muscles. In foodborne botulism, symptoms generally begin 18 to 36 hours after eating a contaminated food, but they can occur as early as 6 hours or as late as 10 days. (Source: excerpt from Botulism General: DBMD)

Botulism: DBMD (Excerpt)

A neuroparalytic illness characterized by symmetric, descending flaccid paralysis of motor and autonomic nerves, always beginning with the cranial nerves. Symptoms include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness. If untreated, illness might progress to cause descending paralysis of respiratory muscles, arms and legs. (Source: excerpt from Botulism: DBMD)

More symptoms of Botulism:

More detailed symptom information may be found on the symptoms of Botulism article. In addition to the above medical information, to get a full picture of the possible signs or symptoms of this condition and also possibly the signs and symptoms of its related medical conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Botulism, underlying causes of Botulism, associated conditions for Botulism, risk factors for Botulism, or other related conditions.

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