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Distinguishing sudden infant death syndrome from child abuse fatalities.
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PMID:  16818592     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Fatal child abuse has been mistaken for sudden infant death syndrome. When a healthy infant younger than 1 year dies suddenly and unexpectedly, the cause of death may be certified as sudden infant death syndrome. Sudden infant death syndrome is more common than infanticide. Parents of sudden infant death syndrome victims typically are anxious to provide unlimited information to professionals involved in death investigation or research. They also want and deserve to be approached in a nonaccusatory manner. This clinical report provides professionals with information and suggestions for procedures to help avoid stigmatizing families of sudden infant death syndrome victims while allowing accumulation of appropriate evidence in potential cases of infanticide. This clinical report addresses deficiencies and updates recommendations in the 2001 American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement of the same name.
; Kent P Hymel; ;
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatrics     Volume:  118     ISSN:  1098-4275     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatrics     Publication Date:  2006 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-04     Completed Date:  2006-08-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376422     Medline TA:  Pediatrics     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  421-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Asphyxia / diagnosis
Child Abuse / diagnosis*,  mortality
Diagnosis, Differential
Metabolism, Inborn Errors / diagnosis
Sudden Infant Death / diagnosis*

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