Peter Ďurdík, Viera Červenková, Slavomír Nosáľ, Branislav Kolarovszki
Sudden infant death syndrome represents the most common cause of post neonatal infant death, accounting for about 25 % to 50 % of all deaths in infants under 1 year old. It is defined as the sudden death of an infant which is unexpected and unexplained after a thorough post-mortem examination and often linked with sleeping. The authors present current information about possible risk factors in the development of sudden infant death syndrome. The article is focused on genetic risk factor and gene polymorphisms, which have a potential role in the etiopathogenesis of sudden infant death syndrome.