Annie Vesterby

The unexpected finding of a benign mature teratoma in a forensic pathology autopsy: a rare cause for sudden, unexpected death

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Intracranial teratomas are rare tumors that are usually discovered in infancy due to progressive symptoms. We describe a case of a 38-year-old man who was found dead 9 hours after the last sign of life. The deceased's medical history could not explain the sudden, unexpected death. A forensic autopsy revealed an asymptomatic, mature teratoma in the left frontal and temporal lobes. We concluded that the cause of death must have been a generalized epileptiform seizure originating in the tumor site(s) leading to aspiration of the stomach contents and unfavorable positioning, resulting in asphyxia.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftThe American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Vol/bind34
Nummer4
Sider (fra-til)302-5
Antal sider4
ISSN0195-7910
DOI
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2013

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