Enlighten
Research publications by members of the University of Glasgow
home > services > Enlighten

Near-miss for SIDS - near-miss or near-myth?

Simpson, H., MacFadyen, U., and Paton, J.Y. (1986) Near-miss for SIDS - near-miss or near-myth? Australian Journal of Paediatrics, 22 (Sup. 1). pp. 47-51. ISSN 1034-4810

Full text not currently available from Enlighten.

Abstract

A clinical approach to infants who may have 'nearly missed' Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is suggested as appropriate whether or not the eventual conclusion is that there is no connection between these surviving infants and those who die of SIDS. A non-restrictive investigative approach has been applied to 57 infants with episodes causing similar levels of alarm and recourse to medical aid but not exclusively having documented apnoea or need for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Similarities among patients in past history, recent minor symptoms, modes of presentation and positive investigations support the concept that they may show a common response to a variety of pathophysiologic stresses. Epidemiological similarities to SIDS cases support the suggestion that SIDS may be the end-stage inadequate response to such stresses. Future studies should address the reasons for 'inappropriate' collapse, its treatment and prevention and be alert to any resultant effect upon the incidence of SIDS or further evidence of a link between the conditions.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Paton, Dr James
Authors: Simpson, H., MacFadyen, U., and Paton, J.Y.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine > Clinical Specialities
Journal Name:Australian Journal of Paediatrics
ISSN:1034-4810
ISSN (Online):1440-1754

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record