How to Diagnose Pertussis?

Q:
How to diagnose Pertussis?

A:
Pertussis is a common respiratory infection in children and is a highly contagious bacterial disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It is also known as Whooping cough or “100-day cough”.

Pertussis can be diagnosed in the following ways:
A doctor’s overall impression is most effective way of initially making the diagnosis.
Doctors have no difficulty in diagnosing patients with spastic cough.

Laboratory inspection can also be used for diagnosis of atypical patients:

  • Bacteriological examination includes culturing of nasopharyngeal swabs.
  • Serological examination includes fluorescent antibody inspection, and may be used for adults and adolescents.
  • Nasopharyngeal aspirate is used for polymerase chain reaction (PCR). PCR is a rapid, sensitive method for detecting pertussis antigen.

If you have any problem, please consult your doctor for help.

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