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Giant Berry Aneurysms in a Forensic Setting: A Series of 14 Cases

Davis, Neil L. MD*; Horan, Patrick M. BS; Romich, Tarin MPH; Roman, Jennifer L. DO; Lacy, J. Matthew MD§; Catanese, Charles A. MD

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: December 2010 - Volume 31 - Issue 4 - p 330-334
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3181f69c9d
Original Articles

This is a series reviewing 14 cases of giant saccular aneurysms diagnosed at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City collected over an 11-year period. Data collected on all 14 cases included neuropathological findings, comorbidities, and toxicological findings. Of these 14 cases, 8 were in women, and the ages ranged from 3 to 79 years, with a mean and a median of 50 years. Women were overrepresented in the sixth through eighth decades. Of the 14 cases described, 11 presented with a subarachnoid hemorrhage; 3, no hemorrhage; 2, subdural hemorrhage; 8, intraventricular hemorrhage; 2, intracerebral hemorrhage; and 8, more than 1 hemorrhage type. Location of the aneurysms varied with 6 in the left side of the brain, 6 present in the right side of the brain, and 2 at the midline. We described the clinical, pathological, and toxicological findings associated with these giant aneurysms.

From the *Department of Pathology, Cornwall Community Hospital, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada; †Orange County Medical Examiner's Office, Goshen; ‡North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health Care System, Manhasset, NY; and §King County Medical Examiner's Office, Seattle, Washington.

Manuscript received October 11, 2008; accepted January 4, 2009.

Reprints: Charles A. Catanese, MD, Orange County Medical Examiner's Office, Goshen, NY. E-mail:

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.