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Pericardial Cyst: Cause of Sudden Cardiac Death?

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of sudden death in the world. The etiology of sudden cardiac death involves a wide range of diseases, but seldom pericardial cysts. A pericardial cyst is an uncommon cyst usually located in the middle mediastinum and rarely in the posterior part. They are usually harmless and asymptomatic. Here, we present a case of a 63-year-old woman who presented with dyspnea and hoarseness, but died suddenly after a CT scan was attempted. The detailed forensic pathologic and histologic examination revealed a pericardial cyst located in the posterior mediastinum. Toxicology and biochemistry tests, including tryptase, found no competing cause of death.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Pages (from-to)295-297
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

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© 2018 American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Copyright 2019 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

    Research areas

  • cardiac death, computed tomography (CT), forensic pathology, forensic science, pericardial cyst, sudden death

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