we are in the process of rewriting our SIDS-protocol and would be
interested in the diagnostic work-up, which you do. Besides of being
interested in your protocol in general, I would like to know
(concerning the child who is declared dead on arrival):
1) Do you do any chemistry? Which? On blood? On other fluids?
2) Anybody who takes vitreous humour? For which determinations?
3) How informative are any of these investigations in your own
4) Is funduscopy routinely done? Does it change early after death?
5) Do you do a CT of the head in every case?
6) Besides of the Xray's of the skeleton, do you do other imaging? Do you
find an Xray of the thorax informative? Which postmortem-changes have
to be taken into account with the Xray of the thorax?
I'll be very grateful for any answer; additional references would be
much appreciated of course.
Dr. Nikolaus Lutz-Dettinger
Dept. of Intensive Care
University Hospital Gent
De Pintelaan 185
B 9000 Gent
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