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can i die from chagas disease if i ignore it?

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Dr. Lea Danielsen
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Yes: It needs to be treated if diagnosed. It first causes mainly fever and fatigue, just not feeling well. The symptoms go away. However, years later it can come back and cause serious complications like heart problems. The best time to treat it is when the person first gets the parasite during the first part of the illness.
Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
Most certainly: Several scenarios come to mind: 1. If not treated, the parasite will end up in your heart and weaken the heart wall, causing an aneurysm and potentially, a catastrophic blow out. 2. If you were to get a transplant procedure and you have untreated chagas, it would certainly kill you since your immune system is being suppressed. Have it evaluated by your doctor.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It can lead to death: Chagas disease is due to a protozoan (trypanosoma cruzi). Sxs can include fatigue, generalized body aches, loose bowel movements, vomiting, rash, poor appetite; enlarged liver ; spleen ; inflamed brain ; heart. Antiparasitic medications used to treat it include nifurtimox ; benznidazole.

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