Study: Wheezing can delay diagnosis of pertussis in vaccinated children

11/4/2013 | Healio (free registration)

Wheezing was associated with delayed diagnosis of pertussis in a highly vaccinated child population, according to a study in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. "It appears that wheezing confounds the diagnosis of pertussis, with clinicians sometimes attributing a prolonged cough to reactive airways or asthma rather than pertussis if mild wheezing is present, thereby delaying appropriate treatment and prolonging the period of communicability," according to the study.

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