Population-based analysis of sudden death in children: The Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study

Sumeet S. Chugh, Kyndaron Reinier, Seshadri Balaji, Audrey Uy-Evanado, Cathy Vickers, Ronald Mariani, Karen Gunson, Jonathan Jui

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Background: There is a lack of prospective population-based data regarding sudden death in children. Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the burden of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in the pediatric population in a 3-year community-wide study. Methods: During 2002-2005, all residents of Multnomah County, Oregon (population 660,486) who underwent SCA were ascertained from emergency medical services, the medical examiner, and emergency rooms of 16 area hospitals. A comprehensive evaluation was performed, including analysis of circumstances of death, medical records, and available autopsy data. Annual incidence rates were calculated for all residents age

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1618-1622
Number of pages5
JournalHeart Rhythm
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes



  • Children
  • Epidemiology
  • Incidence
  • Long QT syndrome
  • Pediatric
  • Population
  • Screening
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Sudden infant death syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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