Because it affects muscle control throughout your body, botulinum toxin can cause many complications. The most immediate danger is that you won't be able to breathe, which is the most common cause of death in botulism. Other complications, which may require rehabilitation, may include:
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- Difficulty speaking
- Trouble swallowing
- Long-lasting weakness
- Shortness of breath
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