Bordetella pertussis causing otitis media: A case report

Michael E. Decherd, Ronald W. Deskin, Judith L. Rowen, Mace B. Brindley

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Objective/Hypothesis: Bordetella pertussis is an unusual cause of otitis media with effusion. We report a case in a neonate. Study Design: Case report. Methods: A case is presented. Results: A 1-month-old infant girl was admitted because of respiratory distress and subsequently was found to have pertussis. On examination she was noted to have a middle ear effusion. Myringotomy was performed for culture. Culture confirmed B pertussis. We were unable to find a previous report of B pertussis otitis media. Conclusion: Bordetella pertussis has been identified in the middle ear effusion of an infant with the pertussis syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-227
Number of pages2
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003


  • Bordetella pertussis, otitis media, whooping cough, case report

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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