Causes of sudden natural death in infancy and childhood
It is, of course, true to say that a child may die suddenly from a number of conditions that affect adults — such as diabetes mellitus and bronchial asthma; indeed, these are significant causes of death in this age-group. This review will not deal with these types of condition but will concentrate on unusual or unexpected deaths, the latter sometimes occurring in an unpredictable way in otherwise well-defined illnesses. The entities discussed in the section on infections are those which may manifest themselves in ways which may not be familiar to those who normally deal with adults. Genetically determined conditions which run a predictable course — such as cystic fibrosis or Leigh’s disease — are not discussed here, and other major sections of this book are devoted to the sudden infant death syndrome as a separate entity.
KeywordsPneumonia Malaria Perforation Aspergillus Candida
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