Perinatal pertussis

Obstet Gynecol. 1986 Oct;68(4):582-6.


Pertussis (whooping cough), a highly contagious disease of childhood, is increasingly recognized among reproductive-age adults and neonates. Described are three cases of maternal-infant pairs in which mother-to-newborn transmission probably occurred and was the cause of extensive morbidity and cost. Means of recognition, treatment, handling, and prevention of this potentially lethal childhood illness are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Erythromycin / therapeutic use
  • Heart Arrest / etiology
  • Heart Arrest / therapy
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Whooping Cough / complications
  • Whooping Cough / drug therapy
  • Whooping Cough / transmission*


  • Erythromycin