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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31828c3bb3
Brief Reports

Exchange Blood Transfusion in the Management of Severe Pertussis in Young Infants

Nieves, Delma MD*; Bradley, John S. MD; Gargas, Jessie MD; Mason, Wilbert H. MD; Lehman, Deborah MD§; Lehman, Samuel M. MD; Murray, Erin L. PhD; Harriman, Kathleen PhD; Cherry, James D. MD, MSc**

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Abstract

We analyzed data from 10 young infants who received exchange blood transfusions for management of severe pertussis. Our data are insufficient to address efficacy of the procedure, but our data, as well as previous reports in the literature, indicate that if the procedure is to be successful, it should be done before organ failure has occurred and immediately if shock/hypotension occur.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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