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Korean Journal of Legal Medicine 2009;33(2):126-129.
Published online November 30, 2009.
Sudden Death Due to a Ganglioglioma.
Kwang Hoon Kim, Yong Woo Ahn, Gam Rae Jo, Sang Yong Lee, Gi Yeong Huh
Institute of Forensic Medicine, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Yangsan, Korea. gyhuh@pusan.ac.kr
Abstract
The incidence of sudden death due to undiagnosed primary intracranial tumor is very low in forensic autopsy practice. The ganglioglioma is a well differentiated, slow growing primary brain tumor that is encountered predominantly in childhood. We report a sudden, unexpected death in a 6-year-old girl from a ganglioglioma. On autopsy, there was an intraventricular tumor with recent hemorrhage, occupying the anterior aspect of the lateral ventricle and resulting in hydrocephalus. Acute intratumoral hemorrhage appears to be the mechanism of sudden death.
Key Words: Ganglioglioma, sudden death, hemorrhage


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