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Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood

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NORD is very grateful to Henry F. Krous, MD, Clinical Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego for the preparation of this report.

Synonyms of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood

  • SUDC

Disorder Subdivisions

  • No subdivisions found.

General Discussion

Sudden unexplained death in childhood (SUDC) is defined as the sudden death of a child greater than one year of age that remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history.

SUDC deaths have occurred at the following sites:

Death at home, history provided: 79%
Crib or bassinet: 54%
Adult bed: 36%

The placed and found positions were as follows:

Placed supine, side, prone*: 10%, 2%, 3%
Found prone: 89%
Found face position: down, side: 10%, 8%
Co-sleeping, sweating when found: 3%, 1%

*applies only to youngest children

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