Carotid body in the sudden infant death syndrome

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Science  13 Feb 1976:
Vol. 191, Issue 4227, pp. 567-569
DOI: 10.1126/science.1251191


Sixty-three percent of victims of the sudden infant death syndrome had a subnormal volume and 23 percent an enlarged volume of glomic cells in their carotid bodies. Evidences of antecedent chronic alveolar hypoxia and hypoxemia were found in both groups but were more severe in the victims with enlarged glomic tissue.