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Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Forensic Medicine.
2009 (English)Student paper other, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

When the cause of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) remains unknown despite a meticulous post-mortem examination including a review of the circumstances of death and hospital journals the death may be classified such as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Through the years, many mechanisms behind SIDS have been postulated even though the most accepted theories today involve thermal stress, rebreathing of expired gases and infection or inflammation.

The aim of this report is to provide the reader with overall information regarding different hypotheses presented in the last decades trying to explain the etiology of sudden infant death. The results are mainly based on epidemiological studies and post-mortem examinations. This article will also compare old and new hypotheses behind the cause of SIDS and emphasize the importance of post-mortem examinations in determining the cause of sudden unexpected death in infancy. 

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2009. , 15 p.
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Forensic Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58497OAI: diva2:548552
Subject / course
Forensic Medicine for Law Students
Available from: 2012-08-31 Created: 2012-08-31 Last updated: 2012-08-31Bibliographically approved

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