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Complications that can develop from
whooping cough include lung infection (pneumonia),
seizures, weight loss,
dehydration, or exertion-related injuries from severe
coughing (such as cracked ribs or a
hernia). When these complications are severe, they may
require more treatment or hospitalization. Pneumonia and other types of
lung infections or problems may be treated with antibiotics, oxygen, and
Improved treatment procedures have made complications of whooping
cough less threatening than in the past. But the disease and its complications
remain a serious health issue, especially for children younger than 4 months of
age. Adults age 60 and older also are at increased risk for severe symptoms
Current as of:
August 31, 2012
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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