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Article Number - 94B5C0652673


Vol.6(1), pp. 1-5 , April 2015
DOI: 10.5897/JCPFM2015.0062
ISSN: 2141-2405



Case Report

Sudden death due to intracranial colloid cyst: About three cases



M. Belhadj
  • M. Belhadj
  • Department of Legal Medicine, HUC Farhat HACHED, 4000 SOUSSE, Tunisia.
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W. Thaljawi
  • W. Thaljawi
  • Department of Legal Medicine, HUC Farhat HACHED, 4000 SOUSSE, Tunisia.
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Y. Chkirben
  • Y. Chkirben
  • Department of Legal Medicine, HUC Farhat HACHED, 4000 SOUSSE, Tunisia.
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M. Jedidi
  • M. Jedidi
  • Department of Legal Medicine, HUC Farhat HACHED, 4000 SOUSSE, Tunisia.
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M. K Souguir
  • M. K Souguir
  • Department of Legal Medicine, HUC Farhat HACHED, 4000 SOUSSE, Tunisia.
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T. Masmoudi,
  • T. Masmoudi,
  • Department of Legal Medicine, HUC Farhat HACHED, 4000 SOUSSE, Tunisia.
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M. T. Yacoubi
  • M. T. Yacoubi
  • Department of Legal Medicine, HUC Farhat HACHED, 4000 SOUSSE, Tunisia.
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M. Ben Dhiab*
  • M. Ben Dhiab*
  • Department of Legal Medicine, HUC Farhat HACHED, 4000 SOUSSE, Tunisia.
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 Received: 09 March 2015  Accepted: 14 April 2015  Published: 30 April 2015

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The colloid cyst is a rare and benign congenital intracranial tumor, commonly located in the anterior part of the third ventricle. It is a rare cause of sudden death whose mechanisms of occurrence are still been discussed. We report three cases of sudden death due to colloid cyst(s) discovered at autopsy. Death occurred in a man and two women, aged 45, 43 and 33 years, respectively. Pre-mortem symptoms were mainly headache and/or syncope. The autopsy revealed the presence of colloid cyst(s) of the anterior part of the third ventricle, confirmed by a histological examination. A cerebral edema was found in two cases, and hydrocephalus in one case. We raise the clinical and pathological features of this tumor, and we discuss the mechanisms of death.

 

Key words: Colloid cyst, sudden death, autopsy.

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APA Belhadj, M., Thaljawi, W., Chkirben, Y., Jedidi, M., Souguir, M. K., Masmoudi, T., Yaâcoubi, M. T., & Dhiab*, M. B. (2015). Sudden death due to intracranial colloid cyst: About three cases. Journal of Clinical Pathology and Forensic Medicine, 6(1), 1-5.
Chicago M. Belhadj, W. Thaljawi, Y. Chkirben, M. Jedidi, M. K Souguir, T. Masmoudi, M. T. Yaâcoubi and M. Ben Dhiab  . "Sudden death due to intracranial colloid cyst: About three cases." Journal of Clinical Pathology and Forensic Medicine 6, no. 1 (2015): 1-5.
MLA M. Belhadj, et al. "Sudden death due to intracranial colloid cyst: About three cases." Journal of Clinical Pathology and Forensic Medicine 6.1 (2015): 1-5.
   
DOI 10.5897/JCPFM2015.0062
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/JCPFM/article-abstract/94B5C0652673

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