Complications of cryptosporidium infection include:

  • Malnutrition resulting from poor absorption of nutrients from your intestinal tract (malabsorption)
  • Severe dehydration
  • Significant weight loss (wasting)
  • Inflammation of a bile duct — the passage between your liver, gallbladder and small intestine
  • Inflammation of your gallbladder, liver or pancreas

Cryptosporidium infection itself isn't life-threatening. However, if you've had a transplant or if you have a weakened immune system, developing complications can be dangerous.

Jan. 02, 2014