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Simultaneous Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A Case Report

Ladham, Shaun M.D; Koehler, Steven A. Ph.D; Shakir, Abdulrezzak M.D; Wecht, Cyril H. M.D., J.D

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: March 2001 - Volume 22 - Issue 1 - p 33-37

The first reported case of simultaneous sudden infant death syndrome (SSIDS) in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, occurred on February 27, 1998. Two-month-old black fraternal twin girls were both found dead in their crib at the same time. After an in-depth death scene investigation, police investigation, toxicologic analysis, and complete autopsies, a specific cause of death could not be identified. The deaths of the two girls were therefore ruled simultaneous sudden infant death syndrome.

From the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office, Forensic Pathology Laboratory (S.L., A.S.); the Graduate Program of Forensic Epidemiology (S.A.K.), Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh; and the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office, (C.H.W.), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Manuscript received January 20, 1999;

revised January 25, 2000; accepted May 19, 2000.

Address correspondence and reprint request to Dr. S. Ladham, Office of the Allegheny County Coroner, 542 Fourth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219, U.S.A.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.