A Q fever recurrence can affect your heart, liver, lungs and brain, giving rise to serious complications, such as:
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- Endocarditis. An inflammation of the membrane surrounding your heart, endocarditis can severely damage your heart valves. Endocarditis is the most common and the most deadly of Q fever's complications.
- Lung issues. Some people who have Q fever develop pneumonia. This can lead to acute respiratory distress, a medical emergency in which you're not getting enough oxygen.
- Pregnancy problems. Chronic Q fever increases the risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, premature birth and stillbirth.
- Liver damage. Some people who have Q fever develop hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that interferes with its function.
- Meningitis. Q fever also can cause meningitis, an inflammation of the membrane surrounding your brain and spinal cord.
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