What is the prognosis of Campylobacter infections?

Updated: Aug 05, 2019
  • Author: Mahmud H Javid, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Generally, Campylobacter infections carry an excellent prognosis. The disease is almost always self-limited, with or without specific therapy.

The illness usually lasts less than a week, but some patients develop a longer-relapsing diarrheal illness that lasts several weeks.

The occasional deaths attributable to C jejuni infection usually occur in elderly or immunocompromised hosts.

Attributable deaths may also occur in young, healthy individuals secondary to volume depletion.

The rarer C fetus infection may also be fatal in debilitated hosts.


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