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Complications of Botulism food poisoning

Complications list for Botulism food poisoning:

The list of complications that have been mentioned in various sources for Botulism food poisoning includes:

See also the symptoms of Botulism food poisoning and Botulism food poisoning: Introduction.

Complications and sequelae of Botulism food poisoning from the Diseases Database include:

Source: Diseases Database

See also the symptoms of Botulism food poisoning and Botulism food poisoning: Introduction.

Complications of Botulism food poisoning:

FDA Bad Bug Book (Excerpt)

Botulinum toxin causes flaccid paralysis by blocking motor nerve terminals at the myoneural junction. The flaccid paralysis progresses symmetrically downward, usually starting with the eyes and face, to the throat, chest and extremities. When the diaphragm and chest muscles become fully involved, respiration is inhibited and death from asphyxia results. Recommended treatment for foodborne botulism includes early administration of botulinal antitoxin (available from CDC) and intensive supportive care (including mechanical breathing assistance). (Source: FDA Bad Bug Book)

Botulism General: DBMD (Excerpt)

Botulism can result in death due to respiratory failure. However, in the past 50 years the proportion of patients with botulism who die has fallen from about 50% to 8%. A patient with severe botulism may require a breathing machine as well as intensive medical and nursing care for several months. Patients who survive an episode of botulism poisoning may have fatigue and shortness of breath for years and long-term therapy may be needed to aid recovery. (Source: excerpt from Botulism General: DBMD)

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About complications:

Complications of Botulism food poisoning are secondary conditions, symptoms, or other disorders that are caused by Botulism food poisoning. In many cases the distinction between symptoms of Botulism food poisoning and complications of Botulism food poisoning is unclear or arbitrary.


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