Pertussis in young infants: clinical presentation, course and prevention

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/324626
Title:
Pertussis in young infants: clinical presentation, course and prevention
Authors:
O' Riordan, A; Cleary, J; Cunney, R; Nicholson, AJ
Citation:
O'Riordan A et al. Pertussis in young infants: clinical presentation, course and prevention. IMJ 2014 107(7)
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
Jul-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/324626
Abstract:
Pertussis is a highly contagious disease caused by the Gram negative aerobic coccobacillus, Bordetella pertussis. It may present with severe symptoms and complications in infants and can pose a diagnostic challenge. This is a vaccine preventable illness covered by the Irish Childhood Immunisation Schedule. In 2011, a retrospective review was conducted of the records of infants, under six months, with a confirmed diagnosis of pertussis, presenting to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital (TSCUH). A summery of notifications of pertussis nationally, from 2001 to 2012, was also examined as part of the study. This found that the rate of reported cases of pertussis has been increasing in Ireland. This national increase corresponds with a rising number of cases identified at TSCUH. Patients commonly presented severely ill with cyanosis and apnoea, on a background of prolonged cough. We found that pertussis was diagnosed rapidly in most cases however in all cases there was a delay to commencement of appropriate macrolide therapy.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
CHILD HEALTH; INFANT
Local subject classification:
PERTUSSIS; WHOOPING COUGH

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorO' Riordan, Aen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCleary, Jen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCunney, Ren_GB
dc.contributor.authorNicholson, AJen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-11T09:42:42Z-
dc.date.available2014-08-11T09:42:42Z-
dc.date.issued2014-07-
dc.identifier.citationO'Riordan A et al. Pertussis in young infants: clinical presentation, course and prevention. IMJ 2014 107(7)en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/324626-
dc.description.abstractPertussis is a highly contagious disease caused by the Gram negative aerobic coccobacillus, Bordetella pertussis. It may present with severe symptoms and complications in infants and can pose a diagnostic challenge. This is a vaccine preventable illness covered by the Irish Childhood Immunisation Schedule. In 2011, a retrospective review was conducted of the records of infants, under six months, with a confirmed diagnosis of pertussis, presenting to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital (TSCUH). A summery of notifications of pertussis nationally, from 2001 to 2012, was also examined as part of the study. This found that the rate of reported cases of pertussis has been increasing in Ireland. This national increase corresponds with a rising number of cases identified at TSCUH. Patients commonly presented severely ill with cyanosis and apnoea, on a background of prolonged cough. We found that pertussis was diagnosed rapidly in most cases however in all cases there was a delay to commencement of appropriate macrolide therapy.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen_GB
dc.subjectCHILD HEALTHen_GB
dc.subjectINFANTen_GB
dc.subject.otherPERTUSSISen_GB
dc.subject.otherWHOOPING COUGHen_GB
dc.titlePertussis in young infants: clinical presentation, course and preventionen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen_GB
dc.description.fundingNo fundingen
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren
dc.description.peer-reviewpeer-reviewen
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