Volume 33, Issue 1 (January 1988)

    Sudden Death in Mitral Valve Prolapse

    (Received 30 March 1987; accepted 1 May 1987)


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    Four cases of sudden death in young females with clinical and pathologic features of mitral valve prolapse are discussed. The approach to postmortem examination of the mitral valve is reviewed and various risk factors are stressed. Because of the sudden nature of these deaths, this entity is more commonly seen in medical examiner's populations than hospital autopsies. A practical approach to the investigation of such cases is given.

    Author Information:

    Scala-Barnett, DM
    pathologist, Lucas County Coroner's Office, Toledo, OH

    Donoghue, ER
    Deputy chief medical examiner, Office of the Medical Examiner of Cook County, Chicago, IL

    Stock #: JFS12439J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12439J

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    Title Sudden Death in Mitral Valve Prolapse
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30