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.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1989|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine