Published Online: 17 December 2003
Page Count: 3
Dallas County Medical Examiner Department, Dallas, TX
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Calgary Laboratory Services and University of Calgary Department of Pathology, Calgary, Alberta
(Received 10 May 2003; accepted 24 August 2003)
Sudden death due to undiagnosed central nervous system tumors is an uncommon, but well-described occurrence. Most of the tumors in these circumstances are supratentorial and occur in a wide spectrum of ages. Brainstem tumors are more rare and occur predominantly in the pediatric and adolescent populations. We present the case of a 48-year-old man who died suddenly and unexpectedly of a brainstem glioma. This case is unusual because of his age and the paucity of antecedent symptoms.
Paper ID: JFS2003151