Misdiagnosis of Whooping Cough


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Although uncommon in children due to vaccination programs (e.g. DTP or DTPa), protection wears off after about 10 years. Because of this, whooping cough is making a worldwide comeback and is a surprisingly common cause of persistent cough in teens, adults and the elderly. However, few adults seek treatment for the nagging cough, believing it only to be an annoying cough from a common cold, and hence whooping cough often remains undiagnosed. Sadly this means that it can be spread by adults to infants in whom it can be dangerous and even fatal.

About misdiagnosis: When checking for a misdiagnosis of Whooping Cough or confirming a diagnosis of Whooping Cough, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Whooping Cough may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Whooping Cough. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.

Alternative diagnoses list for Whooping Cough: For a diagnosis of Whooping Cough, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Whooping Cough:

Whooping Cough as an alternative diagnosis: The other diseases for which Whooping Cough is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Whooping Cough: The following medical news items are relevant to misdiagnosis of Whooping Cough:

Misdiagnosis cases for Whooping Cough: No cases available yet.
Last revision: June 26, 2003

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