[Pertussis--an illness with typical clinical symptoms?]

Heininger, U. and Storr, U. and Uberall, M. A. and Guggenbichler, J. P. and Stehr, K.. (1992) [Pertussis--an illness with typical clinical symptoms?]. Monatsschrift Kinderheilkunde, Bd. 140, H. 10. pp. 753-755.

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There has been a noticeable increase in the incidence of pertussis in West Germany over the last decade. Since the availability of adequate bacteriological diagnosis a much broader clinical spectrum can be attributed to infections with B. pertussis. Three patients with an unusual clinical presentation of pertussis are presented. A three month old infant presented with severe apneic spells without cough as the sole clinical symptoms of the infection. B. pertussis was isolated in the nasopharyngeal swab. A nine month old premature infant with bronchopulmonary dysplasia after long time intubation and artificial ventilation presented with apneic spells, pulmonary and cardiac decompensation and required ventilatory support. The diagnosis was suggested by a massive leucocytosis with lymphocytosis. The diagnosis on the patient was established by serologic methods. Adult contacts of this patient developed longstanding cough and clinical signs of pertussis. The diagnosis of pertussis in these persons was established by nasopharyngeal culture. The third patient with trisomy 21 and a corrected AV canal suffered from nonspecific cough and gradually developed signs of congestive heart failure with pneumonia. B. pertussis was isolated from the nasopharynx. This patient showed neither the typical paroxysmal coughing spells nor disclosed the typical lymphocytosis in his white blood count. Microbiological investigations of patients with symptoms of respiratory tract infections should include the isolation of B. pertussis. Thus, additional cases of pertussis not suspected on the basis of their initial clinical presentation will be detected
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde (Klinik) > Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde (UKBB)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde (Klinik) > Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde (UKBB)
03 Faculty of Medicine
UniBasel Contributors:Heininger, Ulrich
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Book Review
Note:Note: Deutscher Text -- Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal item
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