Sudden Unexplained Death Syndrome Asian

Sudden unexplained death syndrome (SUDS) occurs when a relatively young healthy person, usually male and Asian, dies unexpectedly while sleeping. The victim has no known antecedent illnesses, and there are no factors that might precipitate cardiac arrest. At autopsy, no cause of death can be identified in the heart, lung, or brain. Postmortem toxicologic screening tests reveal no poisons. A sudden fatality during sleep in a previously healthy member of an ethnic group subject to SUDS, but whose death is not investigated with an autopsy, is defined as a presumptive case of SUDS.

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