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Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 225–230 | Cite as

Sudden twin infant death on the same day: a case report and review of the literature

  • Ping Huang
  • Rongjun Yu
  • Shiying Li
  • Zhiqiang Qin
  • Ningguo Liu
  • Jianhua Zhang
  • Donghua Zou
  • Yijiu ChenEmail author
Case Report

Abstract

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is a major contributor to infant mortality. The cause of death is unknown: suggested possibilities include cardiovascular disease, anaphylactic shock, and suffocation. The occurrence of simultaneous sudden infant death syndrome is uncommon, such cases being extremely rare in forensic pathologic practice. We report two 10-week-old male twins who appeared well at the time of their evening feeding, yet died while sleeping on their backs. Both infants had petechial hemorrhages on the visceral pleura, epicardial surface of the heart, and thymus gland. Microscopic examination revealed pulmonary edema, intra-alveolar hemorrhage, and minor lymphocytic infiltration, again in both infants. In this report, we discuss the risk factors for SIDS, which should be considered individually or in combination as possible causes of death.

Keywords

Autopsy Forensic pathology Petechial hemorrhage Risk factors Simultaneous sudden infant death syndrome 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ping Huang
    • 1
  • Rongjun Yu
    • 2
  • Shiying Li
    • 3
  • Zhiqiang Qin
    • 1
  • Ningguo Liu
    • 1
  • Jianhua Zhang
    • 1
  • Donghua Zou
    • 1
  • Yijiu Chen
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Forensic Pathology, Institute of Forensic ScienceMinistry of JusticeShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Ningbo Public Security BureauNingboPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of Forensic Medicine, Shanghai Medical CollegeFudan UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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