Bacteria linked with unexplained SIDS

Bacterial infection may play a bigger role in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) than previously believed, claim re-searchers from Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Retrospective study covered post-mortem data of 546 SIDS cases between 1996 and 2005.

Cases were documented as having an infectious or non- infectious cause, with 19 per cent having no known cause.

But in half of all cases of unexplained SIDS, potentially pathogenic bacteria were cultivated at levels similar to that recorded in SIDS cases with a known pathogen cause. Specifically, 16 per cent of cultures from the unexplained SIDS group contained Staphylococcus aureus and 6 per cent Escherichia coli.

These bacteria could be associated with the condition, say the researchers.

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com

Lancet 2008; 371: 1,848-53

Comment below and tell us what you think

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Most children could be removed from shielded patient list, deputy CMO suggests

Most children could be removed from shielded patient list, deputy CMO suggests

Most children could be removed from the shielded patient list in a future wave of...

GPs can provide some care for shielded patients in clinical settings, NHS England confirms

GPs can provide some care for shielded patients in clinical settings, NHS England confirms

GPs can provide care to shielded patients in 'infection-controlled clinical settings'...

How digital assistants can help patients manage their health and wellbeing

How digital assistants can help patients manage their health and wellbeing

A project in Staffordshire has shown how practices can make use of digital technology...

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

GPonline provides an overview of the key guidance relating to coronavirus, including...

Fair death-in-service deal for locums vital before second COVID-19 wave, warns BMA

Fair death-in-service deal for locums vital before second COVID-19 wave, warns BMA

The government must do ‘the right thing’ and secure adequate death-in-service benefits...

GP workload fears over antibody testing rollout for 'no clinical benefit'

GP workload fears over antibody testing rollout for 'no clinical benefit'

GP practices are being contacted by patients asking for antibody tests as the government...