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NCJ Number: 140932 Find in a Library
Title: Sudden and Unexpected Death in Childhood Due to a Colloid Cyst of the Third Ventricle
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:38  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1993)  Pages:210-213
Author(s): R W Byard; L Moore
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 4
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A 9-year-old boy died suddenly and unexpectedly following a 2-day history of intermittent headaches; at autopsy, a colloid cyst of the third ventricle was found that obstructed the foramen of Monro and caused hydrocephalus with prominent cerebral edema.
Abstract: In addition to prominent pulmonary edema, there was marked cerebral edema with flattening of cerebral gyri and sulcal narrowing. Lateral ventricles were not compressed as expected, but rather were dilated. A 10-mm diameter cyst containing semitranslucent gelatinous material distending the third ventricle was identified. Histological examination of this lesion revealed features typical of a colloid cyst. Clinical features of the case are described, and the role of central nervous system disorders in sudden and unexpected deaths of children is examined. 21 references and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Death investigations
Index Term(s): Criminal investigation; Forensic medicine; Sudden infant death syndrome
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