International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 110, Issue 5, pp 260–266

Colloid cysts of the third ventricle with fatal outcome: a report of two cases and review of the literature

  • A. Büttner
  • P. A. Winkler
  • W. Eisenmenger
  • S. Weis
Original article

DOI: 10.1007/s004140050082

Cite this article as:
Büttner, A., Winkler, P., Eisenmenger, W. et al. Int J Leg Med (1997) 110: 260. doi:10.1007/s004140050082

Abstract

Two cases of sudden death due to colloid cysts of the third ventricle are presented with a review of the literature. In the first case, a 40-year-old woman suffered an acute onset of severe frontal headache after an intercontinental air flight. The next day, she was found comatous and died 7 h after admission to a hospital. In the second case, a 33-year-old man with a medical history of recurrent headaches was found dead in his car. Autopsy in both cases revealed a colloid cyst of the third ventricle and hydrocephalus involving the lateral ventricles.

Key words Colloid cystSudden deathThird ventricle

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Büttner
    • 1
  • P. A. Winkler
    • 2
  • W. Eisenmenger
    • 1
  • S. Weis
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Legal Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Frauenlobstrasse 7a, D-80377 München, Germany Fax: +49 (89) 5160 5144DE
  2. 2.Department of Neurosurgery, Klinikum Grosshadern, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Marchioninistrasse 15, D-81377 München, GermanyDE
  3. 3.Institute of Neuropathology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Thalkirchnerstrasse 36, D-80337 München, GermanyDE