Journal Published Online: 17 December 2003
Volume 49, Issue 1

Sudden Unexpected Death Due to a Brainstem Glioma in an Adult



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.

Author Information

Dolinak, D
Dallas County Medical Examiner Department, Dallas, TX
Matshes, E
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Waghray, R
Calgary Laboratory Services and University of Calgary Department of Pathology, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Stock #: JFS2003151
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS2003151