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IJHSR. 2013; 3(11): 157-160


Life Threatening Complications of a Preventable Illness.

Budensab AH, SN Joshi.

Abstract
Diphtheria continues to be reported in many parts of world even though effective vaccine available. Complete heart block is rare but often a fatal complication. Other complications like airway obstruction due to laryngitis and palatal paralysis can occur. We report 3 cases with complications of diphtheria. Aggressive management including pacing and antidiphtheritic serum may improve the outcome.

Key words: complete heart block, myocarditis, laryngitis, palatal palsy



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