Complications of MRSA

Because they are resistant to treatment, MRSA infections often cause serious complications and widespread infection. In severe cases, skin infections can result in tissue death (necrosis). Other MRSA complications include the following:

  • Brain or spinal cord abscess (nervous system infections)
  • Cellulitis (connective tissue infection)
  • Endocarditis (infection of the membrane that lines the heart)
  • Organ failure (e.g., kidney)
  • Osteomyelitis (bone marrow infection)
  • Pharyngitis (throat infection)
  • Pneumonia (respiratory infection that affects the lungs)
  • Septic arthritis and septic bursitis (joint infections)
  • Septicemia (also called blood poisoning)
  • Sinusitis (sinus infection)
  • Thrombophlebitis (inflammation of a vein and formation of a blood clot)
  • Toxic shock syndrome (acute infection that involves multiple organ systems)
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 20 Feb 2008

Last Modified: 14 Sep 2010