Sudden infant death triggered by dive reflex.

  title={Sudden infant death triggered by dive reflex.},
  author={Luigi Matturri and Giulia Ottaviani and Anna Maria Lavezzi},
  journal={Journal of clinical pathology},
  volume={58 1},
The dive reflex is the reflex mechanism most frequently considered in the aetiopathogenesis of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). This seems to persist in human beings as an inheritance from diver birds and amphibians. It has been reported that washing the face with cold water or plunging into cold water can provoke cardiac deceleration through the intervention of the ambiguus and the vagal dorsal nuclei. This report describes a case of SIDS that offers a unique insight into the role of the… CONTINUE READING