Death Following Minor Head Trauma in Two Adult Individuals with the Chiari I Deformity

    Volume 43, Issue 6 (November 1998)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 3


    Wolf, DA
    University of Texas Medical Branch, Department of Pathology, Division of Neuropathology, Galveston, TX

    Adame, J
    Galveston County Medical Examiner Office, Galveston, TX

    Wilson, SK
    University of Texas Medical Branch, Department of Pathology, Division of Autopsy, Galveston, TX

    Veasey, SP
    University of Texas Medical Branch, Department of Pathology, Division of Autopsy, Galveston, TX

    Korndorffer, WE
    Galveston County Medical Examiner Office, Galveston, TX

    (Received 7 January 1998; accepted 5 March 1998)

    Abstract

    Reports of sudden death associated with minor head trauma in adults with the Chiari I malformation are rare. We describe two such cases, occurring in a 71-year-old individual and in a 22-year-old individual. In both cases, postmortem examination revealed prominent cerebellar tonsillar herniation and, in one, associated tonsillar sclerosis and hydrocephalus. Evidence of trauma was minimal in both, and was not sufficient to explain these fatalities. We describe the neuropathologic findings and discuss the differential diagnostic considerations in these cases of sudden death. The implications regarding manner of death are also emphasized.


    Paper ID: JFS14394J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14394J

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    Title Death Following Minor Head Trauma in Two Adult Individuals with the Chiari I Deformity
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