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Sudden natural death in later childhood and adolescence.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7114876     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
During a 6-year period 389 children and adolescents aged between 1 and 20 years died violently and 31 died suddenly, naturally, and unexpectedly in an area of southern Sweden. In about half of these 31 cases, death was caused by common infectious diseases--for example broncho-pneumonia, myocarditis, or acute epiglottiditis. In one group death was certainly sudden, but was caused by a known chronic disease--such as epilepsy or bronchial asthma. Three young men died from chronic heart disease, and one died from adrenal failure during or immediately after physical exertion. There were 4 cases of sudden, natural death for which the cause was unknown--that is 0.007 per 1000 live births. This figure is extremely low compared with the incidence of sudden unexplained infant death--that is deaths of infants aged between one week and one year.
N Molander
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of disease in childhood     Volume:  57     ISSN:  1468-2044     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Dis. Child.     Publication Date:  1982 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-10-21     Completed Date:  1982-10-21     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372434     Medline TA:  Arch Dis Child     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  572-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Asthma / complications
Bacterial Infections / complications
Child, Preschool
Chronic Disease
Death, Sudden / epidemiology,  etiology*
Epilepsy / complications
Heart Diseases / complications
Physical Exertion

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