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Minerva Medicolegale 2001 September;121(3): 153-8

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Relevant postmortem findings in sudden infant death cases

Töro K., Sótonyi P.


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Background. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is a death of any infant or young child, which is unexpected by history, and in which a thorough post-mortem examination fails to demonstrate an adequate cause of death.
Methods. Epidemiological and pathomorphological changes of 82 (51 male, 31 female) SIDS and 117 (68 male, 49 female) non-SIDS cases were investigated.
Results. Seasonal distribution has showed (p=0.033) that the SIDS cases occurred in high number in Spring and Autumn. Among pathomorphological features intrathoracic petechial haemorrhages demonstrated correlation with SIDS (p<0.05).
Conclusions. The results suggested that various pathomorphological changes could be found in SIDS, however, there are no pathognomic features present at post mortem investigation, and SIDS should be recognised as a multifactorial condition.

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