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Infantile asphyxia due to aberrant uvula--an anatomic misadventure.
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PMID:  20851362     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
A case of unexpected death of an infant with an abnormally elongated uvula is presented. The child, born prematurely, was recovering from protracted treatment in hospital, including surgical interventions and periods of ventilation support necessitating recurrent intubations and anesthesia. She was discharged home in good general health, affected by episodes of cough, and was found dead in her crib a week later. The proximity of the aberrant uvula to the vocal cords may have caused intermittent laryngospasm, with subsequent symptoms of cough and airway obstruction, ending in a fatal outcome. Recurrent airway irritation may have contributed to uvular hypertrophy, due to inflammatory and reactive changes. It is pertinent for the pathologist to thoroughly examine the structures of the pharynx, and the uvula in particular, in any case of pediatric death suspected to result from asphyxia or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Ricardo Nachman; Alon Krispin; Martin Nnoli; Jehuda Hiss
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-06-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic and legal medicine     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1878-7487     ISO Abbreviation:  J Forensic Leg Med     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101300022     Medline TA:  J Forensic Leg Med     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  401-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd and Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. All rights reserved.
The National Center of Forensic Medicine, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Affiliated to the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, 67 Ben-Zvi Road, POB 49015, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 61490, Israel.
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