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NCJ Number: 136878 Find in a Library
Title: Acallosal Brain in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:37  Issue:3  Dated:(May 1992)  Pages:873-875
Author(s): F Patel
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 3
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An unusual incidental autopsy finding of agenesis of the corpus callosum in a case presenting as "near miss" sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is discussed.
Abstract: The congenital absence of the corpus callosum is a rare cerebral malformation that is commonly reported, but only one case has been associated with SIDS. The case involved a 5-week-old boy who was found cold and unresponsive a few hours after being put to bed. He was rushed to the hospital in a coma and was put on a life support machine. A cranial computed tomography scan indicated severe cerebral edema. There was no evidence of a space-occupying lesion, and the characteristic wing shape of the ventricles caused by callosal agenesis could not be discerned. Postmortem examination provided neuropathological confirmation of the absent corpus callosum by demonstrating an uninterrupted continuation of the leptomeninges with the ependymal lining of the ventricles. The overall feature was that of anoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy and consistent with "near miss" SIDS. 11 references and 1 figure (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Sudden infant death syndrome
Index Term(s): Autopsy; Death investigations; Forensic medicine
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