Chagas disease is an infection caused by a parasite known as Trypanosoma cruzi. The infection can spread to many different areas of the body. The disease is endemic in Mexico and Central and South America.
Signs and symptoms of Chagas disease include an acute phase which may cause
- skin rash,
- body aches,
- swollen lymph nodes,
- abdominal pain, and
- swelling around the eyelid.
When these signs and symptoms resolve, a chronic phase of the condition can develop, leading to
- shortness of breath,
- irregular heartbeats,
- damage to the heart muscle,
- difficulty swallowing,
- dilation of the esophagus, and
- other serious consequences.
Cause of Chagas disease
People acquire the infection through the bite of blood-sucking triatomine bugs in the subfamily Triatominae, also termed "kissing bugs."
Other chagas disease symptoms and signs
- Abdominal Pain
- Body Aches
- Damage to the Heart Muscle
- Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)
- Dilation of the Esophagus
- Irregular Heartbeats
- Shortness of Breath
- Skin Rash
- Swelling Around the Eyelid
- Swollen Lymph Nodes
Main Article on Chagas Disease Symptoms and Signs
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