The Risk of Sudden Infant Death

Stephen D. Cohle, James S. Kemp, Bradley T. Thach, de Kun li, Daniel C. Shannon, Anne Louise Ponsonby, Terence Dwyer, Laura E. Gibbons

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To the Editor: In their report on risk factors for the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) (Aug. 5 issue)1, Ponsonby et al. made one important omission. They failed to mention whether the criteria for SIDS were met. These include investigation at the scene, an autopsy, and a medical history of the infant2. The scene, at least in some cases, was investigated by ambulance attendants, and some portions of the medical history were elicited, but it was not mentioned whether an autopsy was performed. Without an autopsy a death cannot be ruled to be due to SIDS. To the…

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-64
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 6 1994


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