Research Article

IgE antibodies to Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (Housedust mite), Aspergillus fumigatus, and beta-lactoglobulin in sudden infant death syndrome.

Br Med J 1975; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5954.357 (Published 15 February 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;1:357

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  1. K J Turner,
  2. B A Baldo,
  3. J M Hilton

    Abstract

    The prevalence of serum IgE antibodies to Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (house-dust mite), Aspergillus fumigatus, and bovine beta-lactoglobulin was significantly greater in cases of sudden infancy death (S.I.D.) than in a control group of infants of the same age range. This difference was most pronounced with D. pteronyssinus antibodies, which suggests that hypersensitivity to house-dust mite may be a factor in the aetiology of S.I.D. in Western Australia. Both the S.I.D. and control infants had similar serum concentrations of immunoglobulins G, M, and E but IgA levels were significantly higher in the control group.