Long-Term Effects of MRSA Infection

Updated July 19, 2017

According to the Mayo Clinic, MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a staph infection that is resistant to common antibiotics. It begins as red bumps on the skin and can make its way inside the body to the organs, blood and bones. Complications from MRSA can cause long-term problems.


MRSA can infect the blood causing sepsis (blood poisoning), which can lead to brain and kidney damage.


MRSA can cause cellulitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue under the skin, and possibly lead to gangrene. Gangrene causes tissue death, scarring, and may result in the loss of the affected body part.


Meningitis can result from MRSA-caused cellulitis on the face. Some long-term effects of meningitis are brain damage, hearing loss and blindness.

Heart Problems

Inflammation of the heart is a concern with MRSA. This can lead to infection of the heart valves and long-term heart problems.

Toxic Shock

MRSA can cause toxic shock syndrome, leading to long-term damage of the kidneys, heart and liver.

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A writer since 2005, Lynn Dosch writes for LIVESTRONG.COM and eHow. She also has worked in clinical trials research and as a legal assistant in medical malpractice, criminal law, insurance defense and wrongful death litigation. Dosch holds an Master of Fine Arts in writing from the University of Nebraska, and teaches composition, creative writing and literature.