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Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood

Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood

While a cause is found for most sudden unexpected child deaths, in some rare cases no cause is ever identified. Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is the sudden death of a child older than one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including a review of the clinical history and circumstances of death, and performance of a complete autopsy with appropriate ancillary testing. In 2002, SUDC occurred at a rate of 1.3 deaths per 100,000 live births. SUDC is similar to a typical SIDS case except for the age of the child.14

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