European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 151, Issue 5, pp 342–343

Serious pertussis overlooked in infants

  • U. Heininger
  • K. Stehr
  • J. D. Cherry
Infectious Diseases

DOI: 10.1007/BF02113254

Cite this article as:
Heininger, U., Stehr, K. & Cherry, J.D. Eur J Pediatr (1992) 151: 342. doi:10.1007/BF02113254

Abstract

Two infants with life-threatening pertussis are presented in whom the diagnosis was delayed. A review of pertinent literature suggests that the diagnosis of pertussis in infants is frequently missed and therefore the morbidity and mortality from this disease is underestimated.

Key words

PertussisBordetella pertussisSudden infant death

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© Springer-Verlag 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Heininger
    • 1
  • K. Stehr
    • 1
  • J. D. Cherry
    • 2
  1. 1.Universitätsklinik für Kinder und JugendlicheErlangenFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Department of PaediatricsUCLA School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA