Causes of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) remain elusive. Much of the current literature points to an infectious cause with a role for proinflammatory cytokines and septic shock in stimulating an overwhelming response in an infant. This article reviews the literature and possible causes of this devastating condition.
Skip Nav Destination
Pathophysiology| May 01 2000
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A Toxic Response
Jane Blood-Siegfried, DNSc, CPNP
From Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina.
Reprint requests to Jane Blood-Siegfried DNSc, CPNP, Duke University, School of Nursing, PO Box 3322, Durham, NC 27710; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Search for other works by this author on:
AACN Adv Crit Care (2000) 11 (2): 300–308.
Jane Blood-Siegfried; Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A Toxic Response. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 2000; 11 (2): 300–308. doi:
Download citation file:
Don't already have an account? Register