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Sterile site infection at autopsy in sudden unexpected deaths in infancy.

This study compared bacteriological findings at autopsy of cases of sudden unexpected infant death and those of deaths of other cause. Sterile site infection was uncommon in cases of sudden accidental death (e.g. motor vehicle accident or drowning, etc.) however, the finding of pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) in sterile sites in SIDS and deaths associated with infection was relatively common. 10.76% of SIDS had S. aureus in a sterile site, compared with 18.75% of cases of infection-related deaths. S. aureus was not found in sudden accidental deaths. Arch Dis Child. Published Online First: 15 September 2008. doi:10.1136/adc.2007.135939.

Author: Goldwater PN

Published: 15/09/2008

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Archives of Disease Childhood