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Acta Paediatr. 2004 Sep;93(9):1154-5.

A genetic reason for male excess in infant respiratory mortality?

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Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden. orvar.finnstrom@lio.se

Abstract

Male infants have a 50% higher risk of death from respiratory diseases and a number of congenital heart diseases that can lead to cerebral hypoxia. The most important of these diseases are infant respiratory distress syndrome and sudden infant death syndrome.

CONCLUSION:

The mechanism behind the excess peri-mortality rate in male infants is not known. A genetic factor leading to reduced tolerance to hypoxia is possible.

PMID:
15384875
DOI:
10.1080/08035250410014854
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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