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Bordetella pertussis infection causing pulmonary hypertension
  1. P Casano,
  2. M Pons Odena,
  3. F J Cambra,
  4. J M Martín,
  5. A Palomeque
  1. Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos Pediátricos, Passeig de Sant Joan de Déu, 2 080950, Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain;

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In Spain the incidence of whooping cough is less than five cases per 100 000 inhabitants.1 Mortality rate is 0.4% in the United States, heart failure being one of the most frequent causes.2 Although cases of death due to Bordetella pertussis infection as a consequence of lung hypertension have been described previously,3–,5 this complication is not very well known. Here we report a recent case and review the literature.

A 23 day old girl, who had had a pertussive cough for several …

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