Pertussis chest x ray

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Chest radiography is usually unremarkable among patients with pertussis. Possible findings include atelectasis and lymphadenopathy.

Key Chest X-Ray Findings in Pertussis

  • Chest radiography is usually unremarkable among patients with pertussis.
  • Possible findings include: [1]
  • Typically, lung consolidation is suggestive of a co-infection or a different diagnosis.[1]
  • Pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, or air in the soft tissues can be a complication of violent coughing.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bellamy EA, Johnston ID, Wilson AG (1987). "The chest radiograph in whooping cough". Clin Radiol. 38 (1): 39–43. PMID 3816065.

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