Volume 30, Issue 4 (October 1985)

    Sudden Death Caused by Embolization of Trophoblast from Hydatidiform Mole

    (Received 7 February 1985; accepted 5 March 1985)

    Published Online: October

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    A 16-year-old pregnant female presented to a hospital emergency room with vaginal bleeding and uterine cramping. She underwent a hysterotomy and curettage and, during the procedure, her pulse dropped from 130 to 30 beats/minute, her pO2 fell to 10 mm of mercury, and she could not be resuscitated. At autopsy, she was found to have massive pulmonary embolization of syncytiotrophoblast from a hydatidiform mole of the uterus. This is the sixth reported case of trophoblastic embolization from a hydratidiform mole ending in death. This fatal termination may occur after a period of respiratory symptoms and may occur regardless of the mode of treatment.


    Author Information:

    Petty, CS
    Director, Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, TX

    Cohle, SD
    Forensic pathologist, Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, Department of Laboratory Medicine, S. E. Grand Rapids, MI


    Stock #: JFS11076J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11076J

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    Title Sudden Death Caused by Embolization of Trophoblast from Hydatidiform Mole
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30