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Role of post-mortem investigations in determining the cause of sudden unexpected death in infancy
  1. G Ottaviani
  1. “Lino Rossi” Research Center for the Study and Prevention of the Unexpected Perinatal Death and SIDS, University of Milan; Institute of Pediatrics and Neonatology, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
  1. Dr G Ottaviani, MED08 - Anatomic Pathology, University of Milan, Institute of Pediatrics and Neonatology, Via della Commenda, 9, 20122 Milan, Italy; giulia.ottaviani{at}unimi.it

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I read with interest the report of Weber et al1 describing the role of post-mortem investigations in determining the cause of sudden unexpected death in infancy. The authors focused on the utility of post-mortem investigations from a large paediatric autopsy series to inform future policy.

In a large, single-institution, 10-year autopsy study, the authors found that 63% of paediatric post-mortem findings remained unexplained.1 Although I fully agree with the results and conclusions, I would like to place them into the larger context of the ongoing investigation on the cardiac conduction and brainstem …

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