With prompt treatment, most people make a full recovery from whipworm infections. However, untreated infections can result in complications The infection can spread to the appendix or colon, and some people develop anemia or a drop in the red blood cell count. Others with an untreated infection may experience rectal prolapse, where part of the large intestine protrudes out of the rectum. In children, lack of treatment can lead to delayed cognitive development or physical growth.
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