Crib Death

Sudden Unexplained Death of Infants — The Pathologist’s Viewpoint

  • Giulia Ottaviani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Pages 39-67
  3. Pages 69-98
  4. Pages 99-117
  5. Pages 119-121
  6. Pages 123-125
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 127-146

About this book


Crib death (SIDS) is the most frequent cause of death for infants during the first year, striking 1 out of every 700-1,000. Scarce knowledge in the field of SIDS and its pathology has led to a continued and growing concern with finding an explanation, with the goal of being able to either predict or quickly diagnose the infant or term fetus.

A systematic study of the autonomic nervous system and cardiac system has been performed on a large number of infants and fetuses who died suddenly and unexpectedly, as well as in age-matched control cases. The neurological and cardiac findings are described here, and the relationship between SIDS and unexplained fetal death is discussed.

This book helps pathologists, forensic pathologists, pediatricians, obstetrics, and neonatologists in recognizing all potential morphological substrata and puts forward a well-researched postmortem study for use in a standardized autopsy protocol for use in all cases of sudden unexpected infant and fetal death.


Autopsy SIDS SIUD anatomo-pathological examination cardiac conduction system sudden infant death syndrome sudden intrauterine unexplained death sudden unexplained perinatal death

Authors and affiliations

  • Giulia Ottaviani
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of PathologyUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-49370-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-49371-6
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