Sudden infant death from atelectasis due to amniotic fluid aspiration

N. Ikeda, M. Yamakawa, Y. Imai, T. Suzuki

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An infant girl, whose hands showed lobster-claw deformity, was found dead in her bed at 17 days of age. Macroscopic and microscopic examination of the lungs showed fatal atelectasis. The alveolar speces were filled with fluid, epithelial cells, and squamous debris. These were the constituents of amniotic fluid aspirated before birth. The present case suggested that some sudden unexpected deaths in early infancy are delayed deaths caused by amniotic fluid aspiration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-343
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1989
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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