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What are possible complications from diphtheria?

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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
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In brief: A few

Serious complications include severe neck swelling accompanying airway obstruction, myocarditis, and peripheral neuropathies.

In brief: A few

Serious complications include severe neck swelling accompanying airway obstruction, myocarditis, and peripheral neuropathies.
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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Rare

Diphtheria, once common, is now a rare disease in developed countries due to widespread vaccination programs.
It is characterized by fever and membranous coating of the upper airways. The coating and throat swelling can cause death by asphyxiation. Skin lesions can develop from toxin formation. Also myocarditis (inflammation of heart) and neuropathy can occur.

In brief: Rare

Diphtheria, once common, is now a rare disease in developed countries due to widespread vaccination programs.
It is characterized by fever and membranous coating of the upper airways. The coating and throat swelling can cause death by asphyxiation. Skin lesions can develop from toxin formation. Also myocarditis (inflammation of heart) and neuropathy can occur.
Dr. Steven Bowers
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