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Whooping Cough (Diagnosis)

Diagnosis:

Eliciting a good history regarding the condition along with required diagnostic tests, makes it easy to diagnose and treat whooping cough.

• Proper Patient history: Proper history of the condition is essential to know the duration, when it happens (day/night), how often it happens, and to look out for alert signs.

• Physical examination– auscultation of the chest being an important one.

• Radiograph of the chest- Chest X-ray shows us changes in lung parenchyma, associated complications like pneumonia or rib fractures.

X-ray-chest-information

• Mucus sample- generally taken from back of the throat with help of swab.

throat-swab

• The best specimen is the one which is collected by nasopharyngeal aspiration method, where a fine flexible plastic catheter attached to a 10-mL syringe is passed into the nasopharynx and withdrawn while gentle suction is applied.

• Pulse oximetry and arterial blood gas- it assesses the amount of oxygen in the blood.

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