European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 155, Issue 7, pp 551–553

Bordetella pertussis infections and sudden unexpected deaths in children

Authors

  • U. Heininger
    • Universitätsklinik für Kinder und Jugendliche
  • K. Stehr
    • Universitätsklinik für Kinder und Jugendliche
  • G. Schmidt-Schläpfer
    • Medlzinische MikrobiologieUniversitätskinderklinik Basel
  • R. Penning
    • Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Ludwig-Maximilians Universität
  • R. Vock
    • Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Universität Würzburg
  • W. Kleemann
    • Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover
  • J. D. Cherry
    • Department of PediatricsUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Infectious Diseases

DOI: 10.1007/BF01957903

Cite this article as:
Heininger, U., Stehr, K., Schmidt-Schläpfer, G. et al. Eur J Pediatr (1996) 155: 551. doi:10.1007/BF01957903

Abstract

From December 1990 to November 1993 nasopharyngeal specimens were obtained for culture from 50 children (mean 4.9±3.3 months of age) who had died suddenly.Bordetella pertussis was not isolated. Subsequently, nasopharyngeal specimens for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis were obtained from another 51 victims of sudden death (mean 5.4±4.4 months of age); nine (18%) wereB. pertussis positive.

Key words

Bordetella pertussisSudden infant deathPolymerase chain reaction

Abbreviations

PCR

polymerase chain reaction

SIDS

sudden infant death syndrome

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© Springer-Verlag 1996