Death from spontaneous coronary artery dissection in a healthy postmenopausal woman

Helen Zagelidou, Roubini Leodari, Zoi Roupa, Dimitrios Maras, Despina Sapountzi-Krepia, Anastasios Terzis

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Abstract

Spontaneous dissection of the coronary arteries, in the absence of trauma, is an unusual but well-documented entity that occurs usually in middle-aged women. It is a rare cause of sudden death and myocardial infarction. Coronary eosinophilic arteritis is suggested to result in a predisposition to intimal disruption and dissection. We present the case of the sudden death of a previous healthy, 53-year-old postmenopausal female, while working, in a town of Thessalia in Greece. The cause of death was left anterior descending coronary dissection with histologic findings of eosinophilic arteritis and autoimmune thyroiditis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-177
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004

Keywords

  • Death
  • Spontaneous coronary dissection

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