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Brain weight and sudden infant death syndrome.
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PMID:  7782602     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Increased brain weights have been reported in the literature to occur among infants who have died from sudden infant death syndrome, suggesting that cerebral edema might play a role in the cause of death among these children. We have compared brain weights from children between the ages of 1 week and 1 year, autopsied between 1980 and 1992. One group consisted of 125 victims of sudden infant death syndrome and the other of 38 children who had died with a diagnosis other than the sudden infant death syndrome. Brain weights from both groups exceeded the 50th percentile in previously published reference material. We were unable to show any significant differences between the groups in either the ratio between observed and expected brain weights or the ratio between brain weight and body weight. We conclude that there is no evidence for the notion that victims of sudden infant death syndrome have an increased brain weight. Other authors (in previous studies) may have overlooked the low overall weight at gestational age of prematurely born children while collecting data for reference levels. A revision of the figures seems to be necessary.
G Falck; J Rajs
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of child neurology     Volume:  10     ISSN:  0883-0738     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Child Neurol.     Publication Date:  1995 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-07-14     Completed Date:  1995-07-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8606714     Medline TA:  J Child Neurol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  123-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Forensic Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
Brain / pathology*
Cause of Death
Gestational Age
Infant, Newborn
Organ Size
Reference Values
Sudden Infant Death / pathology*

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