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American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3182a18983
Case Reports

The Unexpected Finding of a Benign Mature Teratoma in a Forensic Pathology Autopsy: A Rare Cause for Sudden, Unexpected Death

Høyer, Christian Bjerre MD, PhD*; Ulhøi, Benedicte Parm MD; Charles, Annie Vesterby MD, DMSc*

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Abstract

Intracranial teratomas are rare tumors that are usually discovered in infancy due to progressive symptoms. We describe a case of a 38-year-old man who was found dead 9 hours after the last sign of life. The deceased’s medical history could not explain the sudden, unexpected death. A forensic autopsy revealed an asymptomatic, mature teratoma in the left frontal and temporal lobes. We concluded that the cause of death must have been a generalized epileptiform seizure originating in the tumor site(s) leading to aspiration of the stomach contents and unfavorable positioning, resulting in asphyxia.

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