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Korean Journal of Legal Medicine 2018;42(3):102-104.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.7580/kjlm.2018.42.3.102    Published online August 31, 2018.
Fatal Pulmonary Thromboembolism Caused by Popliteal Vein Aneurysm.
Gyuheon Choi, Hongil Ha, Sohyung Park
1Department of Pathology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
2Medical Examiner's Office, National Forensic Service, Wonju, Korea. zzeva@korea.kr
Abstract
Popliteal venous aneurysms can be a cause of fatal pulmonary thromboembolism. We report a case of a 47-year-old woman who suddenly died of fatal pulmonary thromboembolism. Deep vein thrombosis was not observed, but a venous aneurysm with intraluminal thrombi formation was identified on the left popliteal vein. This case illustrates that venous aneurysms can be presented as fatal pulmonary thromboembolism, and that they should be considered as a rare cause of pulmonary thromboembolism.
Key Words: Aneurysm, Popliteal vein, Pulmonary embolism, Forensic pathology


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