Postural Asphyxia as a Cause of Death in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

    Volume 22, Issue 1 (January 1977)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 January 1977

    Page Count: 10


    Simson, LR
    Edward W. Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, Mich.

    Brantley, RE
    Edward W. Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, Mich.

    (Received 30 April 1976; accepted 4 June 1976)

    Abstract

    Many investigators have considered the possible role of asphyxia in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Suggested mechanisms have included those which might mechanically compromise the airway, such as smothering, laryngospasm [1], and nasal obstruction from upper respiratory tract infection in the obligate nasal breathing infant [2]. Much current research focuses on the possibility of centrally mediated respiratory failure related to sleep apnea, functional abnormality of the ponto-medullary respiratory centers [3], chemically induced laryngeal apnea [4], and inappropriate operation of the oxygen-conserving reflex (“diving reflex”) [5].


    Paper ID: JFS10384J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10384J

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