(Received 22 October 1990; accepted 8 January 1991)
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Sudden unexpected deaths form a large population of medical examiner caseloads. Presented are the clinical, pathologic, and virulence features of sudden death due to Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus. Emphasis is placed on the importance of post-mortem cultures. Case histories are included to illustrate the sometimes unusual presentation of this disease. Recent publicity has led to a heightened public awareness of this unusually virulent entity.
currently forensic pathologist, Pima County Forensic Science Center, Tucson, AZ
pathologist, Pima County Forensic Science Center, Tucson, AZ
currently chief medical examiner, Denver Coroner's Office, Denver, CO
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