What are the complications of pertussis (whooping cough)?

Updated: May 02, 2019
  • Author: Joseph J Bocka, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Complications of pertussis can include the following (see Prognosis, Treatment, and Medication):

  • Hypoxic encephalopathy

  • Tuberculosis activation

  • Epistaxis, hemoptysis

  • Hernia

  • Reinduction of paroxysmal coughing with upper respiratory infections

  • Seizures

  • Cerebral hemorrhage

  • Coma and death

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