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