A definition for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) was proposed at a conference held in San Diego during January, 2004.
Criteria - all of the following:
(1) sudden, unexpected death
(2) infant < 1 year of age
(3) apparently during sleep
(4) unexplained after a throrough investigation (exclusion of other explanations, see below)
Thorough investigation includes:
(1) a complete autopsy including pertinent laboratory studies
(2) review of clinical history
(3) review of circumstances of death
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