Chagas Disease: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/15/2021

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

When these signs and symptoms resolve, a chronic phase of the condition can develop, leading to

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

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References
Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.