Three common autopsy findings in the pathophysiology of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome are unclotted blood in the heart, intrathoracic petechiae (small red spots inside the thoracic cavity caused by bleeding), and fluid-filled heavier organs.

Other findings that are consistent with SIDS include the following:

  • Serosanguineous watery, frothy, or mucous-like drainage from the mouth or nose;
  • Reddish-blue mottling of the fact and dependent portions of the body;
  • Marks on pressure points of the body;
  • Well cared-for appearance with no significant skin trauma;
  • No environmental contribution, like an unsafe sleeping environment.

For our newsletter and blog this month we are reviewing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The blog topics for this month are:

  • SIDS: Definition (11/6/15)
  • SIDS: Risk Factors (11/13/15)
  • SIDS: Physical Findings (11/20/15)
  • SIDS: Considering Abuse  (11/27/15)

Note: To see all posts in this topic, click here

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