Complications

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Except in severe cases, complications related to trichinosis are rare. In cases of heavy infestation, larvae can migrate to vital organs, causing potentially dangerous, even fatal, complications, including:

  • Myocarditis — an inflammation of the myocardium, the thick muscular layer of your heart wall
  • Encephalitis — an inflammation of your brain
  • Meningitis — an inflammation of the membranes (meninges) and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding your brain and spinal cord
  • Pneumonia — an inflammation of your lungs
April 02, 2015