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The carotid body in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
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PMID:  22613076     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The aim of the present study is to provide a review of cytochemical, clinical and experimental data indicating disruption of perinatal carotid body maturation as one of the possible mechanisms underlying SIDS pathogenesis. SIDS victims have been reported to show alterations in respiratory regulation which may partly be ascribed to peripheral arterial chemoreceptors. Carotid body findings in SIDS victims, although not entirely confirmed by other authors, have included reductions in glomic tissue volume and cytoplamic granules of type I cells, changes in cytological composition (higher percentages of progenitor and type II cells) and increases in dopamine and noradrenaline contents. Prematurity and environmental factors, such as exposure to tobacco smoke, substances of abuse, hyperoxia and continuous or intermittent hypoxia, increase the risk of SIDS and are known to affect carotid body functional and structural maturation adversely, supporting a role for peripheral arterial chemoreceptors in SIDS.
Andrea Porzionato; Veronica Macchi; Carla Stecco; Raffaele De Caro
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiratory physiology & neurobiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-1519     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-5-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101140022     Medline TA:  Respir Physiol Neurobiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Section of Anatomy, Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Padova.
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