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Is typhoid fever serious?

Typhoid fever is a serious condition. The most common complication of typhoid fever is bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, as the infection damages the lining of the intestine. Other complications that can occur as a result of the severe dehydration, or bacteria spreading throughout body, include: kidney failure (although this is a rare complication); inflammation of the abdominal wall lining; inflammation of the heart muscle, and; inflammation of the lung/s.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 03 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Dengue fever


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