What are the complications of Campylobacter infection?

Most people recover from a Campylobacter infection within a week. Complications are rare with this infection, but there still are some risks. Some people may develop arthritis as a complication of the infection. The infection may cause an autoimmune disorder--Guillain-Barré syndrome--that causes paralysis and other complications.

Death as a result of Campylobacter is very rare. It most often occurs in the very old or very young, or in people who suffer from other serious illnesses like AIDS.

How is Campylobacter infection treated?

Generally, there is no specific treatment for a Campylobacter infection. Dehydration may occur because of diarrhea. It is important to drink a lot of fluids and take in electrolytes to prevent dehydration. Diarrhea should go away within 2 to 5 days. Antibiotics azithromycin or erythromycin may reduce symptoms if the infection is caught early.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/20/2013.

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