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Pulmonary Inflammatory Disease
Bordetella pertussis pneumonia is encountered less frequently because of vaccination, but it is still relatively common. In the fall of 2001, there was a small epidemic of 56 cases in Albemarle County, Virginia.
The diagnosis is usually made on the basis of the characteristic "whooping cough" and confirmed with a PCR test. The classic finding on CXR is a "shaggy heart".
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Example of a "shaggy heart" on CXR in a patient with Bordetella pertussis pneumonia.
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