Brain abnormality may explain Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

November 26, 2014 2:43 PM

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A new study, published online in the journal Acta Neuropathologica, found that a region of the brain is associated with sudden unexplained death in infants. This brain region, known as the dentate gyrus, has been associated with epilepsy. Researchers contend that lesions in this brain region may create a developmental vulnerability causing respiratory instability, seizures, and sleep-related death in infants.

According to the National Institutes of Health, this study is an important step in understanding the tragic phenomenon of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). More than 40 percent of infants who died of SIDS had an abnormality in the studied region. In comparison, 7.7 percent of the control group ...

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