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Neurocysticercosis Causing Sudden Death

Holmes, Natasha E. MBBS*; Iles, Linda E. FRCPA; Danks, R. Andrew FRACS, MD; Korman, Tony M. FRACP, FRCPA

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: June 2010 - Volume 31 - Issue 2 - p 117-119
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3181cfc8a3
Case Report

Neurocysticercosis causes significant morbidity due to neurologic manifestations including seizures. Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is responsible for mortality associated with seizure disorders. This case highlights death from neurocysticercosis and possible SUDEP in a nonendemic country.

From the *Department of Infectious Diseases, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Victoria, Australia; †Department of Forensic Medicine and Science, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom; and Departments of ‡Surgery and §Medicine, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.

Manuscript received December 31, 2007; accepted August 14, 2008.

Reprints: Natasha E. Holmes, MBBS, Department of Infectious Diseases, Monash Medical Centre, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton, Victoria 3168, Australia. E-mail: natashaholmes@hotmail.com.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.