You bring up a good point about checking with the medical examiner. However,
post mortem skeletal radiography, viral/ bacteriologic cultures and a search
for IEM, as Mark pointed out is not part of the "routine" PM for SIDS here.
Jay Pershad, MD
----- Original Message -----
From: Joseph Zorc MD <[log in to unmask]>
> I would not do any of these tests except fundoscopy, which I have not
found very useful in SIDS patients who may have cloudy corneas. If I had
suspicions of abuse I would make them clear to the medical examiner, who
should be notified of all infants who arrive DOA (at least here in the
U.S.). Occasionally the medical examiner has requested additional studies,
such as cultures, but generally the definitive diagnosis is made at autopsy.
If you are revising your protocol, I would certainly get the input of the
> Joe Zorc
For more information, send mail to [log in to unmask] with the message: info PED-EM-L
The URL for the PED-EM-L Web Page is: