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Current progress in understanding sudden infant death syndrome

Heman-Ackah, Yolanda D. MD; Rimell, Frank L. MD

Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery: December 1999 - Volume 7 - Issue 6 - p 320
Pediatric Otolaryngology

Sudden infant death syndrome is the number one cause of postneonatal mortality today. The pathogenesis of the syndrome remains somewhat elusive although there are definable risk factors associated with the syndrome. In this article, we review the current literature describing the epidemiology, risk factors, theories, and progress in research investigating the pathogenesis of sudden infant death syndrome.

University of Minnesota, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Correspondence to: Frank L. Rimell, MD, University of Minnesota, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Box 396 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA; tel: 612-625-3200; fax: 612-625-2101

© 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.