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SIDS is not a disease entity

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39493.404722.1F (Published 21 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:404
  1. Leonard H P Williams, consultant paediatrician
  1. 1Bassetlaw District General Hospital, Worksop S81 0BD
  1. leonard.williams{at}dbh.nhs.uk

    The sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is not a disease entity.1 It is a description of an outcome, a term used to acknowledge a failure to make a diagnosis. The value of the term is that it informs us that no blame is apportioned to the carer. The weakness is that it implies that we understand more than we do. The new term SUDI, or sudden unexpected death in …

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