Clinical characteristics and outcomes of neonatal pertussis: a comparative study

J Pediatr. 2010 Mar;156(3):498-500. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2009.10.013. Epub 2010 Jan 8.


We describe the features and outcomes of neonatal pertussis and compare these with neonates with non-pertussis acute respiratory illness from July 2000 through December 2007. Patients with pertussis had a more severe course of disease as evidenced by the clinical presentation, length of hospitalization, and oxygen requirement. Clinicians should have a high index of suspicion so that appropriate supportive care can be initiated promptly.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Leg Length Inequality
  • Male
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Whooping Cough / diagnosis*
  • Whooping Cough / microbiology
  • Whooping Cough / therapy