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pertussis

 [per-tus´is]

per·tus·sis

(per-tŭs'is),
An acute infectious inflammation of the larynx, trachea, and bronchi caused by Bordetella pertussis; characterized by recurrent bouts of spasmodic coughing that continues until the breath is exhausted, then ending in a noisy inspiratory stridor (the "whoop") caused by laryngeal spasm.
[L. per, very (intensive), + tussis, cough]

pertussis

(pər-tŭs′ĭs)
per·tus′sal adj.

pertussis

Whooping cough Pediatrics An acute contagious and potentially epidemic bacterial infection caused by Bordetella pertussis–less commonly, B bronchoseptica and B parapertussis, which affects children < age 5; it causes 600,000 deaths/yr in the world Clinical Paroxysmal cough, post-tussive emesis, cyanosis, apnea, whoop Complications Pneumonia, atelectasis Diagnosis Culture, direct fluorescent antibody, lymphocytosis Management Supportive; infants may need hospitalization if coughing is severe Treatment Erythromycin, T-S Vaccine Whole cell–DPT vaccine

per·tus·sis

(pĕr-tŭs'is)
An acute infectious inflammation of the larynx, trachea, and bronchi caused by Bordetella pertussis; characterized by recurrent bouts of spasmodic coughing that continues until the breath is exhausted, then ends in a noisy inspiratory stridor (the "whoop") caused by laryngeal spasm.
Synonym(s): whooping cough.
[L. per, very (intensive), + tussis, cough]

pertussis

See WHOOPING COUGH.

per·tus·sis

(pĕr-tŭs'is)
Acute infectious inflammation of larynx, trachea, and bronchi caused by Bordetella pertussis.
Synonym(s): whooping cough.
[L. per, very (intensive), + tussis, cough]