Complications of Whooping Cough
Complications that can develop from Reference whooping cough Opens New Window include lung infection (Reference pneumonia Opens New Window), Reference pulmonary hypertension Opens New Window, Reference ear infections Opens New Window, Reference seizures Opens New Window, weight loss, dehydration, or exertion-related injuries from severe coughing (such as cracked ribs or a Reference hernia Opens New Window). When these complications are severe, they may require more treatment or hospitalization. Pneumonia and other types of lung infections or problems may be treated with antibiotics, oxygen, and assisted ventilation.
Improved treatment procedures have made complications of whooping cough less threatening than in the past. But the disease and its complications remain a serious health issue, especially for children younger than 4 months of age. Adults age 60 and older also are at increased risk for severe symptoms and complications.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 31, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease