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Enlarged spleen and green stools. Sore throat and treated for bacterisa. Why sudden death?c

my son died at the age of two years two months .he had a slightly enlarged spleen .green stools atemperature of 39.2.a history of high temperature. lived in a damp enviroment.he was diognosed with a sore throat and treated for a bacteria infection he did not have.they said he had avirus which was not enouth to kill him. They tested the most seven most comon virus he did not have one of them. he died sudenly in his sleep.we dont know what he realy died from.
Tue, 11 Jun 2013
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I am really sorry to hear about your son.

It is difficult to pinpoint to any particular cause from the information available so far.

Sudden death in sleep is termed as 'Sudden Infant death Syndrome' and there are multiple reasons for the same. There are some metabolic conditions which place extra demands on the body during the time of illness and consequently brain/heart doesn't get enough glucose or oxygen leading to their failure.

Many illnesses don't manifest with all the symptoms on first presentation and deteriorate very rapidly in matter of days. Infections can get worse and affect breathing or heart pumping function. Many infections lead to enlarged spleen.

Metabolic diseases like fat-disorders can present like this. Your doctor should be able to discuss with you in details.

Dr Tejas Shah

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