Neonatal pertussis requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

C D Sreenan, H Osiovich
Pediatric Surgery International 2001, 17 (2-3): 201-3
Despite widespread immunization against Bordetella pertussis, whooping cough remains potentially fatal in susceptible populations such as neonates. A case of neonatal pertussis with severe pulmonary hypertension (PH) requiring extracorporal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is described. PH associated with pertussis severe enough to require ECMO is frequently irreversible and associated with a poor prognosis.

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