What are the mortality rates following a brief resolved unexplained event (BRUE) (apparent life-threatening event) (ALTE)?

Updated: Feb 28, 2019
  • Author: Patrick L Carolan, MD; Chief Editor: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP  more...
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Parker and Pitetti (2011) reviewed the children presenting to an emergency department of a large children’s hospital with a diagnosis of BRUE, looking at follow up mortality. They found a mortality rate of 0.5%; however, in those children who were victims of nonaccidental trauma, the subsequent mortality rate was 9%. [9]


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