European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 155, Issue 7, pp 551–553 | Cite as

Bordetella pertussis infections and sudden unexpected deaths in children

  • U. Heininger
  • K. Stehr
  • G. Schmidt-Schläpfer
  • R. Penning
  • R. Vock
  • W. Kleemann
  • J. D. Cherry
Infectious Diseases

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 pertussis Sudden infant death Polymerase chain reaction 

Abbreviations

PCR

polymerase chain reaction

SIDS

sudden infant death syndrome

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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Heininger
    • 1
  • K. Stehr
    • 1
  • G. Schmidt-Schläpfer
    • 2
  • R. Penning
    • 3
  • R. Vock
    • 4
  • W. Kleemann
    • 5
  • J. D. Cherry
    • 6
  1. 1.Universitätsklinik für Kinder und JugendlicheErlangenGermany
  2. 2.Medlzinische MikrobiologieUniversitätskinderklinik BaselSwitzerland
  3. 3.Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Ludwig-Maximilians UniversitätMünchenGermany
  4. 4.Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Universität WürzburgGermany
  5. 5.Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Medizinischen Hochschule HannoverGermany
  6. 6.Department of PediatricsUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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