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Many complications can develop from
whooping cough. These include lung infection (pneumonia),
seizures, weight loss,
dehydration, and injuries caused by severe
coughing (such as cracked ribs or a
hernia). When these problems are severe, they may
require more treatment or a hospital stay. Pneumonia and other types of
lung infections or problems may be treated with antibiotics, oxygen, and
Improved treatments have made problems from whooping
cough less severe than in the past. But the disease and its complications
are still a serious health issue. This is especially true for children younger than 4 months of
age. Adults age 60 and older also are at increased risk for severe problems.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerChristine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology
Current as ofMay 9, 2016
Current as of:
May 9, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology
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